He was tall, slouched over, and donned a stocking cap the first day he walked into class. He was a sophomore and new to our high school. Clearly this student was not new to making a statement: he was not going to like school, this class, or me. My efforts to connect with this student and get him engaged with our class was one of my favorite lessons this year. This week, I’m thinking about the students that “stick with us” long after a school year closes — the ones that remind us about patience, about choosing the right battles, about the intrinsic motivation that can come from just a little hope. Read the rest of my story here. I hope it inspires you to pause and share a story from your year!