We’ve all had that student that we just can’t quite seem to reach. It can be academically or behaviorally (sadly, sometimes both). It is frustrating to say the least. It can feel like we are failing them. It can make us question how strong of an educator we are.
Why aren’t they progressing? Why can’t I seem to find a way to reach them? What haven’t I tried that can help them? Who can I get advice from to find another angle of approach?
These and many other questions seem to float around us as we struggle along with our student. It can seem like a losing battle. It’s tempting to want to retreat and give up.
Don’t! Try looking at it this way.
I once read or heard a wiser person than myself say that while we may not be able to reach them at that time, we are laying the foundation for the next person to reach them. We are showing them they are worth not giving up on. They are valued and cared for no matter what they are struggling with in life.
What a powerful and uplifting message that is, for our students and for ourselves. It’s a ray of hope to cling to when the frustration sets in. It may take having more than one person reaching out and having that connection with them. As long as they are shown that they matter and they have the potential to reach the goals set out before them, that’s a step in the right direction. While it would be great if it was me that was able to have that breakthrough moment with them, as long as they have that with someone, I’m good with that.