Grade A

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One of the best pieces of advice I've gotten recently was from one of my son's teachers regarding grades. By the way, we're talking elementary school here, not make or break for the Harvard entrance exam, which is precisely why I think she gives this advice. What she said was, "Don't get too caught up in the grades. It's not always going to be indicative of what he knows. If you can focus on what he's learning (or not) instead of concentrating on the grade, you'll build a much better foundation." 

 So I thought about that and how much time I'd wasted the year before stressing over the one point that made his reading grade a B as opposed to an A. My child, of course, didn't know I was worried about it. Because my child was busy doing what we've always taught him to do. His best. We've always had a rule that as long as he's done his absolute very best, the result is ok, whether it's straight A or a failure. What is not ok, however, is an A or a win without having done his best. Having wholeheartedly imparted this philosophy, of course I couldn't let on that I really wanted that 89 to be a 90. Tests were taken, bringing the grade up, only to have a botched assignment bring the grade down again. In the end it was a B, his first one.  Did it matter to him? No. He'd done his best and of that, he was proud.  Did the B mean he was behind or not quite as intelligent? No. Reading assessments showed this second grader was reading at fourth grade level. Is it going to affect his transcript and chances of getting into the college of his choice? Not unless we plan on trying to send him at 9. Bottom line, once I became accepting of the fact that it really was an 89, it didn't even matter to me anymore. Because he'd already learned the lesson we'd been teaching him his whole life:  No matter what you do, if you're going to do it, give it your best. By doing that, you'll never have any regrets and you might just learn even more than if you'd just skated on through it. 

 


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