Have you ever had a difficult time with a student in your classroom and you’ve really struggled to connect with them? Believe me, there have been times when I have encountered one. When this happens, it’s really important that you try even harder to find the gold that’s hidden in that student. Every student has gold. It’s just buried a bit deeper in some. I think that by trying to understand the ‘why’ each student behaves the way they do will help you to feel compassion and empathy. As a result you will find that your year with them won’t be so bad after all.