I think they like me

Polar bear hugging a dog

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Since my past three posts have been about the stress that comes with being a first-year teacher, I thought I’d do a nice one.

One of the ::many:: surprises that has come with teaching is how much my students need me. Not all of them need me, but a significant number are actively seeking my approval, interest, affection, etc. It’s not in a “they come from bad homes and have no other positive adult role model” sort of thing (I don’t think)… It’s just that they really like me and want me to like them back.

This was a surprise for me for two reasons:

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