First and foremost is the reality that the content we teach is secondary to the relationships we forge. True, most of us become teachers because we love what we teach, whether it is English, music, science, you name it. And teaching that content is how we are evaluated. Lesson plans, classroom management, Student Learning Outcomes all go into the formula that determines if we are “effective” or not. But as one of my principals recently said to me, 10 years from now our students aren’t going to remember the lessons we taught, they will remember how we made them feel as people. Our students carry with them positive or negative associations with the adults in a school, and consequently, their feelings for education. We say we want our students to become “lifelong learners,” but that can only happen through relationship and motivation.