I’m tired and cranky today. Tired because I went to sleep at one and woke up at six. Cranky, because I’m worse than a toddler who doesn’t get his sleep. But I have to give myself a big pat on the back. Usually, it takes the littlest thing at work to set me off when I’m feeling like this. A student can just look sideways at me and I’ll just light in to him (or her). But I did no such thing. I was calm and patient. Usually, when my monitors come in and I’m tired/cranky, I wave hello and tell them what needs to be done, but I don’t really talk to them. I just bury my head in work and keep going. But today, I made a concerted effort to be pleasant. I asked them about their day off. If they had fun and what they did. So I’m giving myself a big big pat on the back.