I like...

I've worked with a few long term substitute teachers recently.  They have both commented at the end of the day "I like working with the AP classes!"  The problem is, the students didn't seem to share their enthusiasm.

I don't say this to be mean.  I say this because it made me pause as I looked in the mirror.  I have classes I like to teach (AP Stats!).  And my students seem to like taking the class with me.  But all that is really beside the point.  The essential question is simple, yet forgotten--Do they learn in my class?  

It's about the learning.  Period.

It's not about me liking them or me liking them.  It's not about having fun.  It's about students learning to think.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think animosity makes for a learning state of mind.  But at the end of the day, I hope my students learn.