I like your use of “transparency,” as I think that is a good term to sum it up. I think being personable is tremendously helpful in aiding the students to see us as allies in learners with them while still being their teacher, too. When my professor was honest about how she herself works as a “student,” or when another professor introduced various methods on how to write a research paper, that was all so tremendously helpful to me. Having students exchange ideas with each other in a roundtable discussion on various methods helps them engage with each other, too. I think I would like to have a few workshops just on methods so that they have the opportunity to convene on these basic but important skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Your experience is encouraging to hear!