There was a viral video of teachers telling students why they appreciate them going around social media awhile back. I remember being delighted as these teachers opened up with their students in an act of vulnerability that can be quite daunting.
When my students completed their gratitude assignment today, which was to write a letter to someone who they appreciate, and a bonus challenge to someone who might not know it, I chose a student. This was my second semester working with this student, and I had come to so deeply appreciate her kindness, seriousness of purpose, inquisitiveness, and dedication. Handing her that note felt so meaningful in its vulnerability. I hope to look for ways to speak it out loud more often.
Consider finding a student to thank. Not just for their effort in class, not just for being a “good” student, but for the impact they have on you.