In conferences today, one student is not very talkative. So I say to him, Student, I see you're not very talkative. Do you have any additional suggestions for Other Student?
He shakes his head and says, "This English stuff is just not for me."
"What?" I say.
He shakes his head again. "Man, I hate English."
Him: No, I mean I hate English. I've tried to hate you so hard but I can't.
Him: I tried so hard. I hated all my English teachers, so much, but you're standing up there in front of class with your laughing and your smiling and your Jay-Z jokes and silly dance and I just cannot hate you no matter how hard I try. I still don't like writing essay drafts, though.
Me: Oh. ... Okay? ... Don't forget to turn in the final draft online on Friday.
The good news: I saw one of my students from yesterday's conferences signing up for a session at the tutoring center today, as I pointed the reception area out to the current peer review group sitting with me. I don't even care if it was for my class or not. I'm just glad someone who didn't know about the center is now using it.