We’ve talked a lot in the past about the importance of being excellent as a teacher. Students admire excellence in areas that they value. For example, I have a cousin who teaches. He’s also a guitar player and when he plays in class, the kids absolutely love it. They admire him because he’s good at a skill they can appreciate.
Another area where students value excellence is in athletics and general fitness. Even if they don’t play sports, most students still like those activities. Many of them also have athletes as their role models (for better or for worse).
What all this means is that, as a teacher, you have to be conscious of your physical appearance. This relates to dress, makeup, etc. but also to the way you keep your body (or don’t). This is why we make health and fitness an important part of this website. Popularity outside of school involves a level of health and fitness. The same is true of teachers within a school.
First, it’s important that you avoid being too overweight. Fat teachers do get mocked. I’m not saying this is right, but it is a part of the teenage mentality to look down on authority figures in any way possible. Don’t give them any extra ammunition.
Second, being fit and athletic is a plus. When I would help out in gym class and cover for other teachers, the fact that I could keep up with the students was highly valued. In addition, I would discuss my athletic endeavors. It really helped connect with them.
If you are out of shape or overweight, we will occasionally be discussing tips on here to help you out. Check back regularly for more advice. In addition, we address health and fitness tips on our companion blog The Popular Man.