Why we do it

This.

When Amber (name changed) was in 6th grade I hardly ever heard her speak.  Her head was usually down, face hidden behind a curtain of hair.  She whispered when called on, and didn’t seem to get procedures like daily journal work.  Her grades weren’t good. I greeted her by name every day.

Amber stayed in French in 7th grade.  She said hello to me occasionally.  Never volunteered. She turned in work occasionally.  She was never a behavior problem, so unfortunately she was often ignored.  She started occasionally coming to a club I sponsor, and I saw her talk with friends.

This year I could hear her when I called on her, and her work improved.  One afternoon she stayed after school for help on the same evening that I was helping some other students write their skit for the state French contest.  Another student  invited her to join the skit.  She said okay!  She stayed after school every day and laughed and goofed off with the other two kids coming to contest.  They battled with fake baguettes and learned their very silly lines.

Today was the contest.  Their little skit won!  As Amber left the contest her head was up, her eyes were sparkling…she wasn’t the same little girl I met two year ago.

So that’s why we do it.

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