The Effective Teacher is a Warm Demander

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An effective teacher is a warm demander

I was reading up on Effective Teachers and came across an interesting concept, the concept of a warm demander.

An effective teacher is a warm demander.  In a nutshell, it means being kind yet strict at the same time.

So how do you go about becoming a warm demander?

warm demander

You have to authentically care about your students, hold them to high expectations and be firm with your rules and how you deal with them on a daily basis.

I reflected on this concept, and I realized that I haven’t quite reached that level of being a warm demander. For the most part, I was simply warm, and that is a blueprint to get abused by my students and to have classroom management challenges.

As I matured in the teaching profession, I built up my ‘demander’ side while maintaining my warmth.

By a demander means keeping your word in what you say to the students, i.e., following up with consequences to breaking of school rules and to push them to their best versions in your class.

It means having tight transitions in your lessons and not letting things get out of hand in class for the sake of ‘fun’.

How about you? Do you consider yourself a warm demander? Share in the comments below 🙂


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Argee Abadines
Argee Abadines is the founder and chief content engineer of this website. He is a brain based educator and his educational interests are pedagogy, higher order thinking, creativity, and educational technology. He is also the founder of Bruner Learning Hub. He currently teaches high school business studies and economics. Previously, he taught English to primary students. He reads up regularly about trends in education and online media. You can visit his personal blog at

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