A pupil makes an inappropriate noise during a crucial point of a lesson. Some well-behaved classmates are praised for their attentiveness.
The teacher looks him in the eye with a firm but not angry look.
He is ignored.
“Teacher why are you ignoring me?”
The teacher stops, faces the boy before speaking.
“You are important to me but I don’t have time for such misbehaviour,”
The pupil is quiet, struck by those first few words. How could someone like him be important to anybody?