Why I Never Give Up

Ok, so I know I’m not supposed to write about education on Wednesdays, but I didn’t write about teaching yesterday, plus today’s post is an extremely positive one, so I don’t care.

Remember LS?  He has been featured here, here, and here.  From just those three posts, you can really see how much he’s grown as a student.  I’ve been so, so proud of the work he’s been doing, not only in my class but in all of his classes.

Yesterday we were taking the multiple choice section of our unit assessment and planning for the poetry analysis essays they will write next class.  After school, I was grading the tests and they were going about how I expected – some good, some not so good.  I finished grading one test and realized the student had gotten an 80%, which is our bar for mastery.  I looked at the name to see who it was and it was LS!  Last year he got a 43% on a very similar test – he practically doubled his score!

Words cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for him.  I’m actually bringing back my practice from last year of posting the list of students who receive 80% or higher on tests outside my door, just so he can see his name up on the wall.

So many of the poems we looked at during this unit had themes somewhere along the lines of “never give up.”  “Mother to Son” and “Dreams” by Langston Hughes, “Everything is Everything” by Lauryn Hill, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, etc.  It’s so important to me that I send my kids messages about perseverance and dedication, but a lot of times they get frustrated when they feel like they’ve worked hard and yet they still don’t see a lot of success in their grades.  At times like this, it’s fun to get to be a part of helping them see the rewards of hard work and persistence.

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