Saturday, November 8, 2014

What Students Really Need to Hear

Great article: The main idea is that students need to learn perseverance in order to be successful in life. There are many small challenges in school that students may not think are important but the small things add up to the big picture. I teach math in a middle school. I see many students giving up too fast in math. I am going to share this article with my class.

Some quotes from the article:
"First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you."

"The main event is learning how to deal with the harshness of life when it gets difficult — how to overcome problems as simple as a forgotten locker combination, to obnoxious peers, to gossip, to people doubting you, to asking for help in the face of self-doubt, to pushing yourself to concentrate when a million other thoughts and temptations are fingertips away."

"For some, you quit by throwing the day away and not even trying to write a sentence or a fraction because you think it doesn't matter or you can’t or there’s no point. But it does. What you write is not the main event. The fact that you do take charge of your own fear and doubt in order to write when you are challenged — THAT is the main event."

Read the full article here.

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