The above thought might not be anything extraordinary or immensely inspiring, but it's made an impact on my classroom throughout my career. As the end of this year draws near, I can't help but think about the appropriateness of those words. My kids will leave me soon, thinking of themselves as ready-to-be second graders, but I also hope they leave first grade thinking of themselves as mathematicians, scientists, artists, and authors, to name just a few. That's what I've been calling them from day one. Sure, they hear me say "kiddos" a lot, but when it's time to get into character throughout the day, their name changes. Their name becomes....