1) Defining clear goals for my students to reach and giving meaningful feedback along the way. My students track their own progress towards the learning goal and know what it takes to achieve at the highest level... now if I could only convince them to DO what it takes instead of just to KNOW what it takes!
2) Demonstrating frequently how to make mistakes with dignity and humility - especially in AP Chemistry! So many of my top students carry the burden of perfectionism, like I do. It's such a hard standard to live up to! But I need my students to know (just as I need to know) that their value does not come from what they achieve or accomplish; they are valuable because they are children of an almighty God who created them with a purpose.
3) Prayer: I can't imagine how class might go if I did not pray for each individual student by name on a regular basis. Some battles will be fought in the classroom, but there are many battles being fought in the spiritual realm for the hearts and minds and souls of my students and I will not leave them unprotected!