"I am speechless as to how I have affected those students you spoke with.
I am thankful I have made them feel loved. It is true that I do make an effort to like the students, and especially
to let them know that I do. Students learn better when they know they are liked/loved! I didn't realize the impact I had on them
even after 3rd grade! Thank you for sharing that with me, and writing about it. I will return and read it often, especially on difficult days."
I was reminded of something a friend of mine wrote years ago in a journal article about different forms of psychotherapy. After discussing the benefits and limitations of each, he concluded: "It's primarily the relationship that cures." I believe it's the same with education: It's primarily the relationship that teaches.