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Success Doesn’t Always Look the Same

I have noticed yet another trend this year:  Many conversations I have been having with teachers and educational assistants center around the idea that “success looks different”.  I reiterated this at our October and November PD days.  It’s the idea that we can (and should) celebrate successes based on the individual and it not only helps with daily planning and programming, but also seems to alleviate a lot of anxiety for teachers and students.  One student playing for an entire recess with a friend, or not leaving the room for the whole morning, or gaining two reading levels in a year, can be just as worthy of celebration as a perfect score on a PAT or a winning performance at a championship basketball game.

I know this statement has impacted staff because I am constantly getting “pop-ins” to tell me, “I just have to tell you our success…” and I love it!  I just had an EA stop to tell me a grade four student is now in the room 97% of the day and he knows how to ask for help – SUCCESS!  Earlier today a teacher told me one of her grade three students has improved four reading levels since September (he began the year at a beginning grade one level) – SUCCESS!

Sometimes success comes from adapting the expectations and sometimes it comes from adapting the supports.  But either way, we are creating an environment in which students can build confidence and become excited about their learning – SUCCESS!

Twyla Badry

  • dlander says:

    Wow, well said, Twyla!! I love how you’ve articulated, “Sometimes success comes from adapting the expectations and sometimes it comes from adapting the supports.” With a focus on “high expectations for all”, we must remember that the high expectations we have for one student may not be the SAME high expectations we have for another student. Thank you for supporting our teachers and EAs in realizing that achieving “personalized, realistic, high expectations” is what determines success.
    Our next step is to help our students and parents realize this as well. I still hear, from middle years students especially, that they feel the need to be like everyone else- a huge reflection of societal expectations and the type of schooling the parents experienced. I know, as our journey continues, that students will begin to realize it’s okay to be different, it’s okay that they learn differently and that they are in a different place on the learning continuum. I can’t wait for the day when students are able to self-assess to the extent that they know where their skills are along the continuum, what their goals are for the next stage in their development, and how and they plan to get there…

    December 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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