I just came back from a walk with my HS daughter. She gave me a huge run-down on why students take some teachers seriously and others not so seriously. She has determined it all has to do with whether the teacher has structured lessons or not. I pressed her to describe what she meant by “structured lessons” and she explained that as a student she needs to know where the lesson is headed and what the goals of the lessons are. She also said that assignments, homework especially, need to fit with class-work . “Basically,” she summarized, “there needs to be purpose”. So there you have it. From a 16 year old.