Response to LaToya Smith’s Week 2 Reading

My Response

LaToya,

Your observation how giving the student an “A” and then having them decide how they are going to achieve it was spot on! Self-determination is also what stood out for me.  I truly enjoyed reading these chapters and am looking forward to reading more.  It is empowering for me as well as we continue on this journey we are on.

In a way, we are like the students mentioned in the book.  We know what we could receive as a grade and it up to us to determine how we will achieve it.  My son just said to me after watching “The Pursuit of Happyness” .. “Mom, I really liked the quotes in that movie, especially the one where the dad says to his son not to let anyone you can’t do anything, even me, because you can  have anything you want if you want it badly enough” – Damien Chin, age 17.

I feel I have tried to impact that to all my sons but it is great he is hearing it elsewhere as well.  Once again, great post!

Original Post by LaToya

I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s reading, but I especially enjoyed reading chapter 3 because it reminded me so much of Sir Ken Robinson’s The Element. To shift from viewing the world of limitations to a world of possibilities is essential in helping every adult and child achieve their full potential.  Giving an A to a child tumbler can cause them to become a world-class acrobat, and giving an A on a teenager’s self designed t-shirt can lead to them becoming the next fashion phenom.

The letters mentioned in this chapter further demonstrate how removing bonds such as earned grades can liberate individuals and allow them to triumph over self-made obstacles and fear of failure. When we tell a student that their measurement of success is self-determined, we can either help or hinder their growth potential. However, when we add that they must decide at this moment, how that success will be measured, the outcome is most likely positive. Rather than allowing the unforeseen future to hamper the beliefs and goals for the student, we provide them with a constant source of reassurance and encouragement.

LaToya V Smith

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