Numbers are cold.
They don't tell the real story behind all the personalities involved in a career. But here are some estimates I've thrown together to quantify 36 years of teaching.
Number of students I've taught: 3,960
Number of times a class has walked into my room: 31,850
Number of times a black girl has thrown me up against a wall: 1
Number of referrals written to send kids to the office: 1000+
Number of times I was pleased with the discipline meted out: less than 20
Number of times I was nervous the night before the first day of a new year: 36