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"Expect nothing. Appreciate everything."

This motto is something I heard a couple years ago and put as my phone background for awhile to remind myself. It's hard to expect nothing at times, especially as a teacher. We are told that we need to have high expectations for our students but we can't expect them to know our expectations if we don't teach/tell them. This idea of expecting nothing and appreciating everything is a life goal for me. When former students show up in my room at the end of the day on a Friday, with a vase of flowers, I am appreciative that we created something together with the time we had. I don't expect to be a student's favorite teacher. I do, however, appreciate it when I'm told that I am. And for that I am extremely grateful.