Why I love working with kids

First, she keeps saying, “I hate you,” over and over.

Then she starts saying it more slowly, “Iiiiiiiiii haaaaaaate youuuuuu,” over and over.

THEN she starts SPELLING it to me, “I h-a-t-e y-o-u.”

And really, I was kind of impressed that she spontaneously began spelling words for me. When I ask most of the kids I work with to spell words, they’re hardly elated to do so. I might have let her keep on spelling if we had been doing spelling exercises. But we were doing reading comprehension exercises, so I had to cut her off and bring her back on track.

I get to see her tomorrow AND the day after that! She will probably have forgotten that she “hates” me by then.