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!