Eventually, friends and teachers broke through her apathy. Continually reminding her to think of her future, they got her to think. Steadily, her grades and her work habits have improved. Now she has post-graduation plans. She’s working for a future of success.
Not every kid automatically strives for success. A lot come to class unmotivated, disgusted by the pell-mell at home, on the surface rebellious. Teachers must spend time motivating, helping students to understand that misery and poverty awaits them if they don’t get their act together.
I try to tell students that they will either work with the strength of their back or the strength of their brain.
For me, it actually causes me pain to see kids making bad decisions. But I know no more exquisite joy to see kids turn around. The young lady described anonymously at the beginning of this article is the latest. I’m happy I played a (small) part in helping her on to success.
That is a thrill of teaching.