Monday, March 3, 2014
Something happened this year. It was new. I had guilt about it, major guilt. A student I couldn't connect with. I've always been able to find a way to love each child. I felt so bad that I had trouble connecting to him. He is a student that also struggles to connect. He struggles to problem solve and focus, but he is very bright with great potential. Motivation however, slim. I tried. I tried hooking him with different books, fun math games, writing geared toward his interests. Still. No. Connection.
Then today happened.
We were doing a ten frame math activity. He knew how to do the activity, not easy, but a good fit for his ability. He got right to work. What was different? I'll never know. He did his job. He showed me with a huge grin, as if to say, "See what I did!" I beamed. He beamed. We connected. I announced the accomplishment. When I make an announcement like this students know it is applause time. They applauded. He blushed. Grabbed his chest. Ran his hand over his head. Eyes bright. He was proud. I was too. I sent him to the office to show off. I was so proud of him, mostly because he was proud of himself. We hugged. I felt the love.
He will be featured on our school news program tomorrow for a job well done.
It was just a math activity, but it was so much more. We finally connected.