I love this blog/writer; she always seems to express what I’m thinking. I feel as if I could have written this post myself. It’s a bit long but well worth it!
Every year I have some kids who break my heart.
It happens as soon as I task them with completing some assignment and they whisper to me with down-turned eyes, “I’m not smart enough.”
And my heart breaks for the broken spirit of the child.
Because the truth is, there are very few kids that are truly not smart enough to understand the math I teach and those are never even in my class.
But I can see how some may conclude they are not smart enough. After all, they see some of their classmates tearing through assignments like a kid at Disney World. They hear others volunteer answers before they have even processed the question. They feel their struggle while they see others’ successes.
But the problem is not that they aren’t smart enough.
Maybe they are not skilled enough, having missed earlier important concepts.
Maybe they are not…
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