I have a story for you:
The last day of my student teaching one of my students in my class came up to me (one I had a particularly hard time connecting with) and said, "Ms. Haslag you are on your way to becoming an extraordinary teacher." It made me tear up to hear that! I knew I would miss him among many of my other students, we had become really close. I think of that sometimes when I need some encouragement, sometimes hearing it from students makes it even more meaningful.
What inspires you?!