I recently received this from one of my ex pupils. She had been writing an essay on her Mathematical Journey for her Uni course....
"Through high school my anxieties developed into
panic as my school placed an enormous emphasis on high level maths. Late
in year nine a maths teacher started to understand that my abilities
were limited due to the constant fear of failure and she took it upon
herself to help me in any way she could. She began to tutor me every
Tuesday after school for a couple of hours, working through the class
work again and helping me with my homework. It was this teacher’s
kindness, skill and patience that ensured my success with mathematics
and I will forever be grateful to her. "
Nawwwwwwww. Well, at least I saved one starfish!