Popularity contest? Have recently taken over an Upper Junior class - their teacher moved to a different class to cover another teacher who is off. I've literally only been there since returning from Christmas - a few days On the whole okay experiences so far - the usual 'trying it on with a new teacher' - but once boundaries in place they've generally got on with their learning and it has been okay. They have generally quite low levels though and while the school does an amazing job with managing behaviour and provision, they are from an area where there is not so much parental support with social skills/respect - they may be bright in some areas ( maths etc) but you still have to remind them to listen to classmates when they are sharing things like that... Their previous class teacher was very liked and I was told recently by the Head: "The reason why she was so successful was because she gave them (the children) the impression that she liked all of them even if some of them were driving her crazy!" I've already had a few comments such as " when is Mrs 'A' coming back?" I'm always very fair minded with all children and support them/prompt them etc but have high expectations and dont put up with any rubbish, as any class but had recent feedback that 'so and so didn't like their new teacher' which led to the Head asking me if anything had happened. Nothing happened just asked one girl - as you would with all of them to keep trying with the art work she didnt really want to do? I'm racking my brains to think of any other (logical) reason why she might dislike me and I can only think of talking to her about how much writing she'd completed in English/what they expectations are - but this was to a whole group - who then finished off their work with no problems? There was a bit of 'answering back' from her along the lines of " you only asked me to do those two paragraphs" ( yes, I asked her just to complete those two because she was that slow and it would never had got done otherwise and needed to get at least some fresh air at break) but pointed out the expectation of finished work but showing her a couple of examples of classmates' work. The thing is I'm on supply and one of the aspects about supply is that you have that 'buffer' where you go home and switch off at the end of the day - another reason being avoiding all the 'pandering to overindulged parents and their offspring' that you get within a permanent contract - where it becomes like 'who the child likes the best, rather than what they are learning - a popularity context for teachers'? I do care about the kids I teach and I do use lots of praise, encouragement and reward,knowing also it is still 'early days' with this lot - but I feel as they are 'taking the proverbial' at present and playing a game of 'let's complain to mums and dads so we dont have to be responsible for our own behaviour?' I create interesting and enjoyable lessons and already one SEN pupil ( who had already been VERY vocal in voicing her opnion about having me as a teacher and wanting the old teacher back and stirring up other girls around her) has come around a bit after positive teaching in her favourite subject. I feel they are warming a bit and have a positive teacher-pupil relationship with most generally I feel the head ( and other staff) are supportive but at the moment it seems more like 'pandering to the child to 'like you' rather than - this is what you need to do - get on with it, whatever teacher is standing in front of you and respect adults?