My mom was telling me today that she feels that she's gotten a lot "softer" as she gets more experience teaching and that she's so much nicer/calmer in the classroom than she used to be. I had some friends growing up that were in her class (she works at private school, I attended public, but had neighborhood friends that went to her school) and she was saying that they would be shocked at how "nice" she is in class now and how much she's realized the things she used to make a big deal out of really aren't that big of a deal. This was in the context of her talking about mentoring a new teacher who she feels like needs to "sand off the edges" because she speaks too harshly to the kids and "freaks out about everything." I thought that was interesting because it seems that most people seem to think they started off "too nice" and got more strict as they got older/got more experience. I would say I am definitely more strict this year in previous years, but that's simply because my new school has a lot more behavior problems. In my previous school I didn't really have to be strict since the kids pretty much behaved on their own. What do you think?