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Achievement

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I have been thinking today about achievement and what happens when we aren’t achieving what we should be.
A year or so ago I was really struggling in my job, it seemed like things kept piling up on top of me, I was getting pulled up for not doing things right, so I would try and change them and somehow manage to do something else wrong and overall I felt like I was failing. This had a huge impact on me, I felt really stressed, I wasn’t sleeping very well, I felt really guilty because I wasn’t doing my job right and I started feeling like there was something that was wrong with me. This of course just made it all keep getting worse. In the end I decided it was time to try something new and have gone travelling.
It was the best choice I think I could have made, while travelling I have been working in a similar but less responsible version of my job and my confidence is slowly increasing again, so that I no longer need a complete career change but I am still really worried about going back to what I was doing before.
What concerns me is this is happening everyday in our classrooms. Children are trying to keep up with our ever changing curriculum and a few are always being left behind and they get further behind each year. They know they are being left behind, they look around and compare their work to others and see, the listening to class discussions with no idea what people are talking about, they over hear adults conversations. Imagine feeling like you are failing from the time you start school? If that was how I was feeling for a few months I can’t imagine how soul destroying it must be for those children.
Now I know that’s why we vary the curriculum, so they have other activities in which they can succeed at and enjoy, which kinda works. Its why we sort children into groups so they are working with children of similar ability, and why some schools stream their students.Along with using lots of praise and setting up tasks which they can do. But is it enough? What else could we do?

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Author: kelliefish13

I am a full time mum to my two children, I blog very sporadically about life and things that interest me.

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