I am a new 8th grade teacher in a great district, with great kids! I love my job and truly love my students. Every Friday I do something called "Feel Good Friday". I find a news/sports inspirational story clip to show at the start of class. I use it as a conversation starter and to get to know more about my 8th graders lives. I also sometimes use it as a writing prompt with questions like- who is a role model that has impacted your life?, what challenges have you faced and how did you overcome those challenges? ect... Well, I tried to share how school was a challenge for me when I was their age and really until/ through college. It was true and I feel like it related to my students... however, I have some more real stuff I could share with them but I am not sure if I should. My dad passed away in a car accident when I was 15 years old. It impacted my life greatly because my dad and I were very close. I would obviously share the positives I have found in that. I would make sure to highlight the good that has come from a bad situation. Is this something that is too much to share with them on one of my Feel Good Fridays? Is it sharing too much? I would do it because I truly have a deep desire to relate to my students and let them know they can come to me with anything.