A student drew this flower on her integer quiz. I thought it was cute, so I snapped a picture of it using my phone before handing it back. When I handed back her quiz, she asked me if I'd noticed the pretty picture she had drawn me.
I was able to say I did. In fact, I even took a picture of it. She thought this was very cool. Students notice when we notice them and their efforts. We're nine weeks into the school year, and I still feel like I don't know all of my students on a personal level. Some of them are still just a name, a face, and a score in the grade book. I definitely need to work on this.