I still remember the day I found myself crying in front of my 7th graders, shocking them all into momentary silence. It was at the height of the pandemic, and I had been teaching to students in person in the class room as well as a handful of remote kids on Zoom at the same time for seven months at that point.
I expected a tantrum. I expected a massive, double meltdown in the toy aisle that I would have to ride out. But miraculously, that didn’t happen. What I didn’t expect was that they would still be talking about those dinos days later and asking when I would go back and buy them.