e. e. cummings has said:
…I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance…
This makes me reflect on the notion that we can learn from the pure birds/students in our classes how to respond to them with respect in our teaching. Such kids are rare, but they are there.
It’s those kids who just seem to be there to give, to care, to support us in our daily travails, the ones who never seem to get mentioned. Not all kids deserve are best efforts, being ungrateful and problematic little shits, but not through any inherent flaw, really – it’s just how they were raised. No blame.