Talk to students and find what engages them or better yet what disengages them. Would we want to be in our own classrooms?
I think the answer is yes simply because we teach in our comfort areas. However, we are all individuals and therefore not everyone is exactly alike. There are times we must move out of our comfort zones to reach other students.
I think it is important to naturally push our students, but we need to push ourselves as educators also. This is hard to do when we are constantly trying to keep our heads above water with all the things on our plate. However, as we expect certain outcomes from our students don’t forget to expect the same from yourself.