Read this story, and empathize with this child:
This is such an amazing story about your son, and one that I believe MANY more people should read and learn from.
I sometimes forget that our kids are physical beings just as much as they are amazing and creative minds. I sometimes forget just how fragile their self-confidence can be as well. It really is up to us in order to make sure that we see each individual student as more than just the work that they turn in (or don’t turn in). We can’t simply “poke the bear” with a better stick and hope for a different outcome.
The “whole child” is something that we are striving for in our district, but it is so difficult for some folks to put aside our need to ability group kids and raise their scores in math and language arts. I believe what we need are more stories like this one of real kids who are being underserved (or being taken in the wrong direction) by those that cannot see them clearly. It is through these children that we can understand what the support can and should be. Again, thank you for sharing this. I will be sharing it as well.
via Ramblings from a Middle School Teacher: When do rules become more important than people?.