I suppose I should have been mad about it, or tried to stop him, but he wasn't doing it to try to draw attention to himself (he moved over to an area of the room where others weren't around); I could see that this was clearly a self-regulating move on his part. So I just laughed and moved on to helping the next student. These are the kinds of moments that remind me why I teach. Because every day is always different and comes with new, interesting, and hilarious challenges. No matter how much politicians and the news media try to relegate my job to a set of data points, you will never get me to see my kids as numbers. All of them have hearts and souls and their own unique challenges. I hope one day we all come to understand that.
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