Last Wednesday was the last day with my Civilization class. It was a special group, and I was fortunate to have those students in my class. I did an informal survey of what they liked and did not like. They gave good suggestions. Then one student, very responsible but whose Spanish was bad and his reading comprehension even worse, told me: "It was a very difficult course for me. But after this semester, I have a newly found respect for a region I knew very little about. Thank you so much". It made my day.
Today, a student from my 101 class came into my office hours. He is very hard-working, though not particularly good. He is getting a B- in the class. He blew one of the quizzes, because somehow he did wrong all the exercises about the Direct Object Pronoun. I was surprised, since he had come to my office hours before the quiz, we had gone over it and he had understood it. I explained him briefly what was wrong, and then told him "Get a sheet of paper, and re-do the exercise. That way, we can check if you understood it". He did, and did it perfectly. I gave him the full points for the exercise, and raised the grade from a D+ to a B. I made somebody happy.