I am a rule follower, and I expect my students to do the same whether they are in my classroom, in the hallway, or wherever in the building and on school property. I don’t expect them to be perfect, but I expect their behavior to meet my expectations. When I correct a student, it can be his or her perception that I am “mean” or “don’t like him/her.” That isn’t true. I separate the person from the performance and tell them so. Some students hold a grudge against me because I correct them one or two times, and then the jig is up. I still don’t know how to change anyone’s mind about me, so I don’t try to change their minds. I show them respect and courtesy despite their perceptions. I also realize that not every student who crosses my threshold will love much less like me. We are all individuals with individual personalities. I have worked with people I didn’t respect, but I didn’t tell them I didn’t respect them. I treated them with courtesy and appreciated the positive parts of our relationship. You can always learn something from someone even if you don’t worship the ground they walk on. I respect my students’ individuality because I am the adult and grown up. Some of them learn about different personalities the easy way and go along with the flow; others have given themselves a hard row to hoe. That is a shame. Life is too short to hold on grudges and make yourself miserable. Way too short! I plan to live to be 120, and that won’t be long enough for me. ¡Ciao!