I've had a rough to okay first few years of teaching, but made it to the point where I am starting to feel more confident and successful at instruction and delivery. However, during these first few years, I have not had much success in being popular. In other words, the general population of the student body doesn't like me! I had an issue last year where a (popular) student got mad at me for not allowing her to go to he bathroom and it went down hill from there. She got her friends to turn on me and I am sure that these ramifications have fueled my low popularity as a teacher at our school. I still have students that seem to not like me for any reason... but other than what happened to me last year, it seems that way. I was covering for another teacher today, and many of the students he has now are my former students. Only two acknowledged me when I entered the room; and when I left, none said good bye. When my relief came, she was welcomed by almost all the students. I try to be warm, encouraging, and understanding with my students, but for some that isn't enough. They still want to be my enemies, no matter what I do. I know I can't be cool and of course I know I can't be their friend, but I would also like to have a higher level of popularity than what I have (it is my wish). Any suggestions? Thanks and enjoy your Friday!