I really can't understate the importance of treating kids with kindness and care.

Even when we're tired.

Even when we're stressed, overworked.

Even when we feel as though we're being buried by unfair demands and mandates.

Even when a student asks a question we just answered ten seconds prior.

Is there ever a time when it's necessary for a teacher to be short with a child? No.

Kindness and care. Patience and understanding.

No powerful learning can occur if these essential components are missing from our classrooms.