“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.   Listen to the don’ts.   Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.   Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be.”
—Shel Silverstein. US poet, cartoonist and author of children’s books (1930-1999)

What is my message to my students?  Is it slapping them down or lifting them up?