This week I had the opportunity to tutor a student. While tutoring my student, I heard another student talking about an issue she is experiencing in one of her classes. She has a teacher that is so hard on her. She said “that it’s like (the teacher) expects more from me, but doesn’t care what anybody else does.” She also said one day she was having a bad day and she didn’t do good on an assignment. After class, her teacher came to her and said “I really expected more from you.” The girl said it made her feel even worse because she knew she could have done better, but she was having other struggles that her teacher didn’t know about. Sometimes as teachers we make judgments based on the grades our students get instead of taking the time to get to know our students and learn more about them as individuals. This teacher was not treating all of the students equally. As teachers we must have the mindset that all our students can succeed and have the ability to succeed. This teacher also did not take the time to ask her why she did poorly. The teacher could have pulled her aside and asked her what was going on or if she needed to talk. Instead the teacher just criticized for doing poorly instead of trying to find out the reasons why. The teachers criticism only made the situation worse and made the student feel that she wasn’t good enough. As teachers we need to be encouraging, but also understanding. Our students sometimes are going through struggles that we might not know about. It is important to build the types of relationships that will allow for students to feel comfortable coming and talking to you about different struggles they may be facing.