This week, I'm giving myself an excuse to appreciate myself and the progress students have made. Even if they haven't met the standards, each of my students has made tremendous progress. They have overcome obstacles such as lack of support at home, fine motor delays, and learning disorders. They have struggled to make new friends and repair damaged friendships. Just today a student remarked, "We're like family." That's how I choose to measure my success. It is a helpful reminder to me when my students, their families, other staff members, and community members offer their expressions of appreciation. It reminds me that I have made a huge impact in the lives of these children. It reminds me that they are more than test scores, they are respectable citizens and dedicated learners.
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