Last year at this time there were days when I was almost brought to tears during class by how mean my students were to each other or how unable I was to get any of my students to stop talking for long enough to listen to me. Today I was literally brought to tears by my perfectly behaved class who was disinterested in what we were doing. We had a discussion in their disinterest that resulted in my students explaining to me that they did not see the value in what we were discussing in class. I feel so incredibly passionate about what we are doing and learning in class day in and day out that the fact that a few perfectly behaved kids did not see its value brought me to tears.
A lot can change in a year.