I don’t enjoy being one of those moms who focuses on their children’s academic achievements. I try very hard to stay in my own lane and thankfully, my boys seem to have a handle on their academics. However, I have an Achilles heel:
Full Speed’s math grade
He sailed along until fifth grade. Then he came to an abrupt halt, adjusted his sails and kept going. Same deal in sixth grade, he had a bit of a rough start, the teacher intervened and then all was well. In fact so well, he got into honors Algebra for his seventh grade year. I thought that meant he had the chops to handle it. And he mostly does, but sometimes, he just doesn’t. Where I struggle is that my intuition screams loudly that it isn’t a lack of ability, it is a lack of effort. Can I get an amen?
Regardless, after a very up and down 1st-3rd grading periods, Full Speed managed to harrowingly acquire a ‘good’ grade thus far. As Full Speed gets set to head into the fourth and final grading period for honors Algebra, I asked him if he would consider putting in his maximum effort upfront as opposed to the rollercoaster performance in which he seems to gravitate towards. His reply?
“Where’s the drama in that?”