So, more than once in my short teaching career (this is only my second year), I have had a student tell me something along the lines of: "I love your class so much! It's so much fun! You are, like, the easiest teacher ever." or "Your class is so fun and easy. I look forward to it every day." I am a fifth grade Reading teacher and, while I would like to take these comments as compliments, I am certain that I don't want to be known as the "easiest teacher ever". I want to challenge the students! I know I am teaching concepts that are new to them and we are doing work every single day, be it in small groups, hands-on activities, independent study, guided discussion, etc. I am up on my feet all day, I never take a seat, and the students are constantly asking questions and debating issues. I guess I am just looking for some reassurance that perhaps students are confusing "easy" with helpful or interesting. What do you think? Is this a compliment? A miscommunication?