Friday, February 11, 2011

Not A Quantity To Be Measured

Fifteen year old Tiffany has the body and face of a twenty year old yet sucks her thumb like a baby.  We've developed a close relationship and recently I made the decision to try to get her to stop.  Today, I even broached the subject with her.  (We discussed this in the hall between classes and it was a private discussion.)

I want to see my sweet (but difficult) little student grow and while I don't have a lot of confidence in being able to change this behavior, I am determined to give it a try.  If I succeed great, if not, nothing will be lost.

Let's suppose I do help her to break this habit.  I will have helped her pass on to another stage of her life and will have done something good for her.  And, let's suppose, I can't get her to pass math, even if I spend many extra hours working with her.  The value added data will not show me in a good light.  The way we help them grow is something that cannot be measured in numbers.

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