I'm working really hard to develop quality relationships with my students. I believe this will help me to remember to be graceful with them, as they endure much AND I believe it will help with classroom management.
Today, a student asked me if I had always loved art. I replied: "Yeah. I went to college and studied art."
Immediately, one of my "blurters" said: "You got to go to college?! Wow. You are LUCKY!"