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After finishing swim lessons today (not the best day for him since he didn't want to get in the water) I took him to "school" and was able to watch from a distance without him knowing. I watched as my son tried to get started on a bike (remember he's three and still very new to no training wheels) and he couldn't quite get it. That wasn't so bad, but then I watched as he was suddenly the last person in the line and still couldn't quite get started. Then he finally did and almost fell over. My poor heart started to break as I watched my son struggle to perform this seemingly simple task and fall farther and farther behind. I wanted to get out and help him, but something kept me back instead. Then he suddenly got going and it was amazing! He was finally going and seemed okay until they had to stop to cross the street and the struggle continued.
I now know what one of my top goals of the 2016-17 school year is going to be, help my students find the positive in ALL they do. Praise their successes as often as humanly possible and help them see they can make each of their struggles more positive through hard work.
I'm thankful that I was able to observe my son from a distance today and see just how amazing he is because as much as he struggled to get his bike going, he never once gave up. And just like my son, I want to help my struggling students next year develop that same attitude of perseverance. But I have some work to do before my kiddos come back to school in August. It's a good thing I have such a great son to help me become a better father and teacher. Thanks, little buddy!