But in a way, being the "teacher but the not teacher" has helped me connect a little bit better with these students. I don't mean that I'm just "getting along with them" better, but since I'm not the one actively connected to the instruction, I'm in a better position to offer help. Much the way that some politicians like to separate their personalities from the policies they implement, so too does it help to detach yourself from your assignments/content sometimes. Kids might hate Macbeth, or be annoyed by writing a paper...but it's important that you aren't the living embodiment either. A little detachment goes a long way.
Of course tomorrow, I'll be back in my corner for another seven weeks. We'll see if my kids even recognize me when it's all said and done.