The male continues to casually eat his food, thinking about who he could take under his wing. He had a nice amount of techniques under his belt that he could teach, but he couldn't help but feel a strong desire to expand his arsenal a little more, just so that he could caiter to more Genin. That and possibly improve his own current style of fighting -- maybe even invent a new one of his own. That would be extremely interesting to him. Sakata shuts his eyes for a moment, cupping his hand over his mouth to yawn and rub at his eyes a bit with his clean fingertips.
As the blonde Chinoike starts to talk to him more directly, he peeks a single eye open and offers as much of an inquisitive expression he can muster while like that. While he doesn't quite loosen up from the begging gaze or the caressing of his thigh, he still complies. It was a simple enough request -- something he could answer easily with the years he had under his belt. He had seemed to evolve over the years as a teacher in general, and was more than willing to offer some insight on how to be a good one! Offering a small smile, his caramel gaze shifts to the pair to offer them his 'sensei's wisdom' as he'd call it, after they finish speaking.
"Well, rule one is to keep your emotions in check. This doesn't apply to just being a sensei, but being a shinobi in general. If you act irrationally your ability to perform over dwindles as a result. Always ensure you're calm in the face of challenges or things that may go against your sense of morality or opinions." The male remarks, lifting a single arm of his to show his index finger, indicating 'rule one'. He elaborates a little more.
"Even if you have to hide your frustration behind a poker face, never show weakness in front of your students, or they will worry as much as you might in a situation where worrying could mean life or death. Smile in the face of your troubles, especially if it means they'll be at ease." Then he raises his middle finger.
"Be as ambiguous as far as personal opinions go as you can -- especially if your student is talking to you about another student. The last thing you should do is pick sides. Support each and every student you have equally." He knew this first hand, and luckily enough when he hadn't even formally became the Thundercats' sensei, he followed this one during an outing. It was moreso intuition back then, but now that he thought back upon it it was a really smart move on his behalf. He'd kinda screwed up on the second part, but it was nice to know it didn't end up as bad as it could've.
Sakata moves on from that though, and lifts his ring finger up.
"Spend time with them. Bring them together when you can -- and bond with them. Establish that you'll be around as often as possible -- even if it may annoy them. Because with that frequency comes the comfort on their end that they'll be alright when they're with you." Sakata remarks, his smile growing. This whole thing was a road down memory lane in a way for him, since he was reflecting upon his own teaching methods to really express the best way to be a teacher. He gets a little more grim and serious for this last one though, as he elevates his pinkie finger, his fourth.
"This last one is mostly a last resort -- but always prioritize the lives of your students.. well no, not just them." He lifts his fifth, one that he had discovered personally in the most tense of moments. He didn't want them to have to discover it on their own in a similarly stressful moment, so he'd pass on this knowledge. The wisdom of when to apply this:
"Prioritize the lives of the next generation of Chuunin, the select few that may become Jounin, and the one that may become Kage over your own life when you've matured to that point. You can't pass on the mantle of responsibility to the shinobi you helped grow if they die. Don't be afraid to pass on that mantle early, even if it means saying your goodbyes early." The Kishima remarks, offering some of his own martyr-esque mindset. It was... a little depressing, but there was meaning to it, and most of all, responsibility behind his words.
His smile shows itself once more, beaming brighter than before to bring the mood back up. With all of his fingers elevated at this point, he clenches his hand into a fist, offering to fist bump the pair. "If you follow those five rules, you should be the best teachers around -- if not one of the best shinobi." Sakata remarks encouragingly.