how sensitive my children are. If you dislike them, they know. If you think they are bad kids, they know. If they lose a competition, they berate themselves. If they forget homework, they have already beaten themselves up for being stupid. If they see an eye-roll, they know what it is for. They may not be able to say what they feel because their feelings are intense and revealing them is scary. They may be so focused on getting to school that they lose their house key on the sidewalk outside the house. They may take machines apart to see how they work, yes, even a fertilizer spreader. They may know all 109 items on the Messier list, but not be able to write an essay for English class. They may write beautifully but not be able to write about the topics given in English class. They may be incredibly creative and refuse to complete boring assignments. They may have to leave the middle school to go to the high school for a class. According to a professor of mine, they may already know 60% of what you are teaching. They are beautiful, creative, perfectionistic, curious human beings with flaws like all humans. They want to learn new things, they learn quickly, and they will remember you.
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