"I'm going to do better."
"Mister I'm going to bring this up."
"Can I have extra credit?"
"I want to apologize for xyz."
While my natural reaction is generally pessimistic, today was a little different. My usual "yeah right..." was absent in the student meetings I had today. Instead of pretending to believe they were going to change their approach to my class, I actually believed. I say things all the time, especially when I'm talking to 50+ kids in a row, that I half believe or just generally believe for all my students. Sometimes that specific, individual care just isn't there. Today, it was.
Two students came to see me, not to ask for free points, but with specific questions about things they got wrong to try and recover, not points, but knowledge. They sought to understand things they may not every be tested over again just so they could have that extra bit of information. Those are the things that I'm happy to give points back for. That is an interaction that makes me happy to teach. The spark that I look for, that passion and genuine interest in learning, was in those students today. Will it last? Hopefully. It's my job to try and cultivate that in all of them and to help it flourish.
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