One of my students asked me if he could use the label maker during his free time at the end of the school day.
"Pleeease.", he said quietly.
His head was down and seemed to already know what I'd say. I hesitated.
I knew the "responsible" and "teacherly" thing to say was, "No, buddy. That's only for the teachers to use... What would you need to label, anyhow? Why don't you go find someone to play with, I have some work I need to get done before the end of the day... No, this isn't the best time...go play."
Instead, I said "Yes".
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I had forgotten all about our little interaction, until he shyly slipped me his label before he left for the day.
I'm so glad I said "Yes".