“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” (Plato)
I am a very patient person. I have worked with the children that have been described as the most difficult, and returned after the most difficult days to tackle them again. I am willing to try anything and everything, and continually go back to the drawing board to figure out ways to help my students grow and understand concepts. I celebrate the tiny, small, medium, and large accomplishments of my students.
So, why am I so discouraged in myself when I don’t accomplish everything on my list? Why do I think so poorly of myself when my student’s work to be graded travels home and back a few times and still are ungraded? Why do I have such different standards for myself than I have for those I’m teaching.
This quote stands as a reminder to me to be kind to myself, to celebrate the progress-big and small, and to be patient and notice how hard I’m trying.