A reader writes, in response to a post this morning about what constitutes good teaching:

Diane, the relationships we build with students make all the difference in student learning. Understanding student needs, interests, and abilities gives us the keys for learning with each individual student. I believe we always treat students with respect and understanding. Each student is unique and has limitless possibilities. Positive, encouraging pedagogy is essential. The outstanding teachers I know all possess this ability to teach, encourage, and inspire. What kind of teacher do you want your children and grandchildren to have?