One of the great things about my work is that so much of it is one-on-one. This availability gives kids the open-wide time to tell me things that are hilarious, very sad, surprising, and shocking. Sometimes kids tell me things that I think “Yikes, you probably shouldn’t be telling me that.” But I try to never cut kids off when they’re sharing. I’ve learned in this job, not only am I a teacher – teaching English and content but most of all I’m a listener. It’s so important to listen to these kids. The things kids say to me, very often change the course of my work, my lessons, my opinion but most of all my approach and not just for that day or week but forever. No one told me that I would have to grow such big ears in this work. That’s totally fine. I’m so grateful kids can tell I have big ears.