Since we were discussing in another thread how terrible it is to berate and beat down students, I wanted to start another thread about when you have used positive words with your students. Much of contact with my students is through school email. This morning, I received one from a student who has apologized for not attending my live online lectures, telling me that she is newly married with a baby, so her time is terribly short. She didn't want me to think badly of her. I checked her grades and found that she has excellent grades and wrote back to reinforce this. I said, "The fact that you are an A student and a full time mom shows that you are dedicated to finishing high school." Her response? Apparently nobody in her family thinks that she will graduate because of the position she faces. "It just finally feels good to have someone tell me that is shows I'm dedicated to finishing just means a lot. Thank you!!" This young woman is definitely going to finish my class because she knows I have faith in her. Who has another story of how saying something positive to a student has made all the difference?