I invite my advisory students to make thank you cards today for Thanksgiving.
"I know you can blow this off," I say. "But don't. Don't be too cool to thank someone for what they've done for you. It can be a teacher, a family member, a friend." I talk a little more about ideas they could use, cards I should write, and then pass out paper.
Three of my ninth graders are too cool for gratitude, apparently. They sit and stare blankly. I'm a little disheartened and annoyed. I wonder how much I should try and persuade them.
A quiet ninth grade girl, Angela, sidles up next to me. She has a question. "Can I make three?" she asks.
This is why I teach.