A child in my class refers to himself as a bear. He was still in nappies when he joined the class in September, and would come in most mornings and say...
"Morning, I'm a little bear", whilst pointing to himself with no small amount of pride.
A few weeks later he came in with a beaming smile, waving vigorously and said...
"Morning, I'm a big bear now. I'm like you, we're both big bears! I got no nappies now."
A touching moment, and a clear leap in self-esteem. I paused to reflect on this as evidence of me providing a positive role model for a developing young man.
One morning during the last week of term...
Child : "Morning"
Me : "Morning, how are you big bear? We're the same aren't we!"
Child : "No"....pauses for thought and then points to the top of my head..."you've got no hair!"