This week, in class, a student asked if I was going to celebrate your birthday. I made a joke that I was not because of your recent bad behavior. I did not think about the fact that some of my students are big fans. They took my joke personally, as if I insulted a member of their own family. Sometimes it is easy to forget, as an adult, just how important their crushes can be. This was a good reminder that I need to be careful with my words even if I am talking about a celebrity that has made some bad choices lately. I need to make sure that I am always modeling respect.
P.S. If you could also work on being a good role model that would help too! Thanks!