As a recent high school graduate, I'd have to agree. I was never much of a discipline problem, but I would do very little of the work if I didn't respect the teacher and feel like they actually cared about their students and their profession. I suspect I would not have done well enough to graduate if I had had a different English teacher senior year.
The only thing that I'm not sure about is classroom rules. They're usually obvious, and no one actually remembers them for each classroom. I always found it a horribly boring waste of potential learning time to go over the same basic principles we'd been learning since kindergarten. I think it hit rock bottom when my ninth-grade science teacher broke us into groups and gave each group a slip of paper with one of her rules posted on it to write and perform a skit about. By the end of that class she'd lost any hope of us taking her seriously.
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