Your “teaching persona”: What do your students want/need to know about you? What is your “teaching persona?” Think about how you will introduce yourself. Knowing your educational background, research interests, or clinical specialty will help students find you credible. When it fits, tell students a bit about you as a person…pets, hobbies, etc. When appropriate, acknowledge difficulties you may have had when first learning the topic you are teaching. When you tell a story about how you messed up on a case, they will never forget the point you are making!