Yesterday my Rose made me so proud. See her classmates tend to think she knows all the answers because she’s my daughter and I give them to her, wrong.
I’m harder and expect more out of my own kids because I know they are capable.
My kids in class have the opportunity for bonus bucks in our class economy when they complete logic puzzles. Rose got stumped on one yesterday. In the morning, she put it on my desk and stated she was stuck. She knew she was wrong because in the #suduko puzzle it couldn’t have the same number twice in any column but she couldn’t figure out where she went wrong.
I occasionally glanced at the puzzle throughout the day and wondered where she went astray. We want our kids to have productive struggle but there is such a fine line sometimes between that and when they shut down completely these days. One of the things we try to simulate in the classroom is to allow that opportunity to struggle but enough supports and tools to help them figure out a way to overcome.
Anyways, by the time I could take a look at it, it was the end of the day and she was back in my room. About the time I was going to get it out to look to see how I could help her identify her mistake, she shouts “Got it!” She had immediately come in after school, gotten a new copy of the puzzle and sat down and began working. She said “I knew there was an answer I just needed to keep working at it.” I wish there was a way to help all of my kids think this way, but I will continue to encourage it in all the ways I can!
That determination and tenacity to persevere will make me more proud of her than any A. Knowing that she won’t give up and won’t let struggle hold her back tells me that she can conquer the world and nothing will hold her back.
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