A Throughout the first weeks of distance learning, it was difficult to make a connection with my students. When we were in the classroom, we used our first days of school to make meaningful connections and to learn more about each other. Seeing my students through a screen made it very difficult to connect with them. It was very hard for me to see them so out of tune with my teaching. I often questioned myself and my teaching skills. What was I doing wrong? How could I make this better? As each week passed, I was able to see a glimpse of their personality. The students would receive me with their cameras on, ready to learn. They were excited for me to “hype” them up as we began each content area. I saw a drastic change from my students from the first few weeks to late October. In our daily language of the day writing activity, I asked my students, “what motivated them during these hard times?” The majority of my students mentioned how I motivated them each day. They praised my work and my ability to make them feel comfortable with their learning, even though we weren’t in our classroom. The students mentioned how happy I was every day to teach them. That was the most meaningful thing that has allowed me to continue giving the best each day through distance learning. I know that given the circumstances we are facing at the moment, I am who the students look up to, and the way I react and portray myself is what they will take. Having that reassurance from them allows me to continue striving to give the best of me each day because I know I am making a difference.