As I get older, the significant events of what I remember from my elementary school years are usually positive memories of special events, genuine friendships and often something a teacher said to me. Why after so many years, do I recall vividly what comments teachers made to me or about me to my parents? Perhaps the bigger question is why do I continue to dwell on select memories that seemed to have little impact on my life at that time, but I am still trying to figure out what the deeper meaning of the statement might have been? When I was in Grade 4, a teacher with whom I did not have a close relationship commented on my report card that if I paid less time paying attention to what was happening in the classroom, and focused on my own work I would be a better student. Over my career of working with young children in a variety of roles and currently as an Early Intervention Consultant working in a variety of schools, I see students ‘acting out’, interrupting others’ learning and being watchful, even vigilant to changes within their classroom. Over years of working with children, I have become a bit of a detective, and I ask myself what is this behavioiur telling us? Or what is the purpose of this behaviour? Often, we jump to the thought that the child is acting out perhaps for attention seeking purposes, perhaps to avoid completing unfavoured work or perhaps we wonder about a diagnosis. What if we took a step back and thought about this child’s behaviour from the perspective of what has happened to this child instead of what is wrong with this child? Back to that Grade 4 student, I wonder if my teacher ever would have guessed that this young girl was anxious, scared and worried about the unknown and only through vigilance and watching every corner of the room, could she feel safe enough to do her math times tables. Maslow taught us without feeling safe, we are unable to move up the Hierarchy of Needs to be success in achievements, responsibility and personal growth. Perhaps, we have not changed so much over the years. I wonder sometimes……….are we so wrapped up in the curriculum requirements and running so fast to keep up that we don’t take the time to create that feeling of safety in the classroom that some of our children need?