I had worried myself sick over Simon's mother coming to see me. I was a new 21teacher ， and I gave an honest account of the students' work. In Simon's case，the grades were awfully low. He couldn't read his own handwriting. 22 But he was a bright student. He discussed adult subjects with nearly adult comprehension. His work in no way reflected his 23 abilities .
So when Simon's mother entered the room, my palms (手掌心) were sweating. I was completely 24 unprepared for her kisses on both my cheeks. “I came to thank you，” she said, surprising me beyond speech. 25 Because of me, Simon had become a different person. He talked of how he 26 loved me, he had begun to make friends, and for the first time in his twelve years, he had 27 recently spent an afternoon at a friend's house. She wanted to tell me how grateful she was for the 28 selfrespect I had nurtured (培养) in her son. She kissed me again and left.
I sat, stunned(惊呆), for about half an hour， 29 wondering what had just happened. How did I make such a lifechanging difference to that boy without 30 even knowing it？What I finally came to 31 remember was one day, several months before，when some students were 32 giving reports in the front of the class. Jeanne spoke 33 quietly ， and to encourage her to raise her voice, I had said, “Speak up. Simon's the expert on this. He is the 34 only one you have to convince, and he can't hear you in the 35 back of the room.” That was it. From that day on, Simon had sat up straighter, paid more attention, 36 smiled more，and became happy. And it was all because he 37 happened to be the last kid in the last row. The boy who most needed 38 praise was the one who took the last seat that day.
It taught me the most 39 valuable lesson over the years of my teaching career, and I'm thankful that it came 40 early and positively. A small kindness can indeed make a difference.
21．A.cleaner B．reporter C．monitor D．teacher
22．A.Or B．And C．But D．So
23．A.courage B．abilities C．feelings D．dream
24．A.desperate B．responsible C．unprepared D．unsuitable
25．A.Because of B．In spite of C．Apart from D．As for
26．A.loved B．envied C．pleased D．criticized
27．A.gradually B．constantly C．recently D．obviously
28．A.selfrespect B．selfdoubt C．selfpity D．selfdefense
29．A.imagining B．observing C．wondering D．regretting
30．A.also B．even C．always D．still
31．A.expect B．remember C．believe D．accept
32．A.writing B．reviewing C．editing D．giving
33．A.quietly B．repeatedly C．quickly D．firmly
34．A.lucky B．lonely C．only D．likely
35．A.entrance B．middle C．front D．back
36．A.slept B．smiled C．shouted D．quarreled
37．A.intended B．pretended C．refused D．happened
38．A.change B．praise C．thanks D．visits
39．A.difficult B．painful C．valuable D．enjoyable
40．A.early B．slowly C．frequently D．occasionally