Do. Reflect. Do Better. HS ELA Teacher, Project 180 Founder.
Can they turn that in late? Can they retake the test? Can they use resources? Can they demonstrate differently? In many classrooms, yes. But in the “other many,” kids confront cannots.
We give our kids opportunities to show, to demonstrate that they are growing, that they are learning. And then, at some point, the chase has to come to an end, and we have to try to make sense of it all. We have to turn it into a grade. But…
Whether we think it or say it, when we warn kids with the “real world,” it is an affront to their existence, to their humanity, to their reality.
Somewhere along the way we got our wires crossed. What I expected and what she thought I wanted were two different things, and, consequently, it affected her performance.
And while I didn’t always appreciate the lessons from work when I was younger, I proudly acknowledge the impact they had on shaping the person I am today. Hard work matters.
Maybe instead of clinging to the “some-win-and-some-lose” approach to education, we should embrace the “all-need” approach.