Today I said what I think is the worst thing a teacher could say to a student. I said:
"I don't care what you think."
J. was talking back to me for the 8,000,000th time after I reprimanded him and it just came out. Hearing the words come out of my mouth as I said them, I regretted them immediately. I didn't mean it. I swear. And I told him so. I made sure everybody heard me tell him I didn't mean it and that I was sorry I said it. Then I went on to tell him what I really did mean.
I guess I'm being hard on myself. I've heard teachers say a LOT worse. A LOT. And they didn't take it back.
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