As the end of the year approaches, I find myself thinking about the growth of my students past and present. Students become mine because they need help with something that is difficult for them. When I think about the math they can now do, the books they can now read, or the activities they can now join, I am excited by their successes. The greatest achievements come, however, in the developing strength of character the each of my charges demonstrates. They learn to persevere through tough challenges and that work is hard but that hard work pays off eventually. They live the old adage "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again" and, like The Little Engine that Could they have learned to "think they can". All of these life lessons will make them good employees, good employers, good neighbors, good family members, good people. As I celebrate the achievements of those for whom school is easy, my heart belongs to those who toil.
My students and I are looking forward to many of the same things: sun, sand, and time with family and friends. I hope everyone has a wonderful vacation!