I decided to stop by the gymnasium after my workout to see how basketball practice was going for my students. The fifth graders were at the far end of the court practicing their layups. As soon as they say me, I heard a chorus of, “Ms. Kim!!!!!!!” Then Kevin (mentioned in my previous slice) walked up to me. His voice squealed with delight as he yelled my name. He gave me a bit awkward, but genuine sideways hug.
I was a bit surprised by his affection and happiness to see me outside the classroom. I felt reassured that I could still maintain a positive relationship with him, even though most of the time I felt like I’m disciplining him.