Yesterday I, as a teacher, broke my own class rules. A student, with whom I have been trying to build a respectful relationship, pushed my buttons with "I won't do what you want! You can't make me!". I am ashamed to say that I was an adult bully. I started by speaking to him rationally, he got more angry-threw a book and pencil on the floor and walked out of the classroom. I followed him and ended up in a yelling match. My director came by and quietly and calmly said to me 'Just leave'. I was concerned about leaving him outside the classroom but she was in the area. I feel so bad. This poor kid deserved a way to gracefully keep his dignity and I got caught up in a power struggle. I will apologize to him today but I'm considering writing him a short note saying"I was disrespectful to you. I am sorry. I will try harder to listen to what you're saying when you talk to me." Would that be appropriate? I appreciate your help with this.