Heading towards the end of 40 years teaching (if you include Teaching practice!) I am looking around at the younger staff in my school to see what I will be leaving behind. One thing that stands out is a much more relaxed approach to relationships with pupils. I am in a through school (F1 to Year 13) and notice a lot of the following: - Teachers high-fiving children when they do well. This even happened last week in an awards assembly where the Assistant Head was high fiving the children as they came to get their awards - Banter - otherwise known as 'bantz' where the conversation between pupils and teachers revolves around poking fun at each other with varying degrees of 'daring' (read for that - rudeness). All seemingly quite normal and an acceptable way for the 2 to interact. - Sloppy dress including jeans and trainers (or should I say canvas trousers and plain black trainers). Female teachers wearing see through blouses and tight trousers. - Teachers who (in my opinion) are desperate to be liked by their pupils and be their 'mate'. Arrested development abounds. I despair. Am I just being an old fuddy duddy or is this really an acceptable way to behave? Baaaahhhhh Humbug I say!!