I'm still laughing over the chapter about Mr. Chunk and Mr. Slick. I apologize for the foul language and hope that you are finding the humor in some of this.
"Birds, just live everything else, know if you like them. If you do, then they will come all around you. Our mountains and hollows was filled with birds: mockingbirds and flickers, red-winged blackbirds and indian hens, meadowlarks and chip-wills, robins and bluebirds, hummingbirds and martins - so many that there is no way to tell of them all" (p. 107).
Certainly students know if you like them. It's often not what you say, but how you act and how you look at them. As with birds, there are many different types of students. They may look different and sound different, but each must be equally important to you as a teacher. And again, as with the birds living on the mountain and in the hollow around Little Tree's cabin, students will come all around you when they know you like them. They'll be waiting outside your door in the morning before school, they'll want to eat their lunch in you room, and they'll be back after school to hang out in your room. It may become an annoyance to you at some point, but let it be a sign that you are doing something right!