A few of the problems I had last year resulted from me being too friendly with students. A few of them got the notion that I was a pal rather than a teacher and that made it clear to me that I really have to make the distinction clear and stop any attempts to "friend-zone" me (in a good way). So this year, I find myself being a lot more aloof with students. I think this is creating quite a bit more respect, and I'm able to maintain the respect and kindness I treat students with. Last year, I was the jovial teacher who could relate to the interests of students (video games and anime), and this year I find myself simply keeping my mouth shut if someone has a t-shirt of an anime (cartoon) that I liked. I try to keep my responses to their call-outs during lunch time a lot more muted and attempt to walk a bit more teacher-like (or walking with a straight back and leisurely gait). Like I said, I'm definitely noticing a difference in the way students treat me, but I also don't want to be so aloof that students can't approach me. Last year I had students hanging out in my classroom at lunch almost daily (which brought its own problems), and this year I have none (which is nice in a way because I can actually eat). My question is, is this something you'd recommend? Do you go all out with students or do you keep a good distance?