Far too many school students do not know who their principal is, and sadly the principal doesn’t know them either. I always worked hard as a school principal to get to know the children and for them to know me. I made every effort to learn their names and for me that became a necessary convention.
I never went all out to be liked by children but rather to be respected because from respect grow other dimensions of regard.Part of knowing the children was to read and write a comment on each report at the end of semesters. This took time but paid rich dividends in terms of children, their parents and myself building mutual respect and understanding.