One of the things I’ve appreciated about my second year of teaching as it winds down is NOT being a first year teacher anymore. It has allowed me to focus more on my strengthening my relationship with my students. It also helps that my school is a part of the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project (PTHVP). I don’t think I realized the impact of the relationship and trust I built with my students, until today when I seemed to have lost it over a particular unfortunate incident. A student who ignored me at first and was angry with me over said incident was able to have a conversation with me about how she felt–something that wouldn’t have happened in October. We were able to address some of the miscommunications (I think). While it will take time for her to understand (or maybe she won’t ever really understand) that my actions were justified, I’m confident that she will be able to trust me as someone who is rooting for her and supporting her. I don’t know if I would have been able to say that at any point last year.