- July 6, 2022
- Posted by: Caitlin McCallum
- Category: Wow Story
As the school year comes to an end, teachers always evaluate the goals they set for their students and celebrate their achievements. Successes are shared with parents and plans can be made for the upcoming year. A teacher expects to see growth in her students and is excited to praise them for their hard work and effort.
But what is even more exciting is when students realize the growth they have made. Seeing a student independently recognize his or her growth and sharing in his or her pride is something special. He may be reading a story fluently with very few errors. He finishes and say, “Is that it?” “Am I done reading?” “That was easy!” We talk about that fact and look back to previous stories. He remembers that stories from the beginning of the year were “hard” and it took a “long” time to read. Stories he is reading now are mastered more quickly and are steps to the next reading level.
Or another student may be doing a multi-step math problem. As she starts out, I may make a move to prompt her, and she is quick to say, “I know this part.” “I can do this myself.” She recognizes that this was not the case a few months back and smiles with pride.
The pride students feel at these accomplishments is a joy to witness. Recognizing their own successes and the confidence this instills is just as important as progressing though levels in reading or mastering a math skill.
~written by Linda Schrupp, LSEM Teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School in Hartland, MI & St Matthew Lutheran School in Walled Lake, MI