This was my first year of doing a lot of new things: -- 3 times as many students as before -- taught 3rd and 4th grade -- brand new school for me -- can design the curriculum to my liking (among other things) One of the issues (not a big one but something that has come to light recently) is that apparently some of the students that I have think I'm "mean"... one student used "bullying" which is absolutely shocking me to me since that I adore that particular student very much. I know I'm not the type who likes to hug or pat on the shoulder-- I don't personally like to be touched by other people besides family and close friends. But I know that some students might see such affection as "this teacher likes me". I'm also not the type to praise every correct answer or use a happy tone with every explanation. I come from a family where straight face, no expression was perfectly fine and we used our words to convey emotion. I've worked hard on smiling more often but I feel so fake when I do that. I try to have a gentle tone in my voice as often as possible. I also know that different students need different levels of love from their teachers. I use to want hugs from my Mom constantly otherwise I didn't feel loved--- I know this can be true of students too. And I know that "hugs" can be replaced with "nice words", "questions about their lives", etc too. So any suggestions on how you are a warm and fuzzy teacher to your kids? ALL of the teachers at my school are and so I know I sorta have to get with the program of good bye job. I want to be able to end the year well and have this little issue taken care of for next year. My principal is going to brainstorm stuff too but I'd like to get some suggestions/ideas from other teachers ahead of time.