“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”
Tim Duncan (1976 – ) two-time NBA MVP (San Antonio Spurs)
I have noticed over the years, I have two kinds of students in my classroom. The first are the ones who really are interested in the content, learning, or both. The second kind of student is the kind who just wanted to get it done and finished and move on. I became a teacher because I was interested in content, learning, and teaching kids how to apply the skills and knowledge they had learned to new situations. Duncan’s quote was a quote of the day about a week ago on the Foundation for a Better Life’s Values.com website. I read it a week ago and it resonated with me. I have since used the quote in the classroom to motivate students to put more thought and effort in to an answer and be complete. It is difficult for them because many of them fall in to the two categories above. Yet slowly, ever slowly, I am pulling pushing them up to the next level.
Today is the seventieth day of the school year and we have a little more than a week before holiday break. The kids have come so far and yet we are just a bit short of half way through the year. The next weeks will move quickly and before we know it, it will be spring.
The weather man says we have a chance of snow for the night but only a couple of inches. But the weekend holds the possibility of more snow. Exciting!