School has officially ended for us. And like me, I think the kids need and deserve a break. But I am also aware that things like reading and doing learning activities often are practices of habit as opposed to activities that easily pop into or out of a schedule. Especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, where habits will dictate how they spend their time this summer. I worked hard to try to motivate my students to want to continue to think, learn, and expand their abilities over the summer. But even my own children have told me they want time off from all that to just play outside. And, really, how can you argue with that?

So imagine my excitement when I got the below email from one of my students the Monday after school let out for summer!

School finished on Friday...imagine my surprise to see this email the Monday after!
School finished on Friday…imagine my surprise to see this email the Monday after!

Knowing that one student was looking to log in, maybe others had as well…I decided to go check it out and this is what I saw:

Seeing two more students had logged in to Scootpad already made me smile!
Seeing two more students had logged in to ScootPad already made me smile!

Believe me, I see all the 0/3’s on there. That notwithstanding, I was so pleased for several reasons. First, at least 3 students had been thinking about practicing during the very first days of summer, when everyone is most excited to have no school anymore. Second, one student even did all 3 of the math practices I had assigned. When I went to look at her ELA practice, she had done all 4! Knowing that this had been a student I had struggled to get onto ScootPad at all during the year made it even more exciting. The other student who had logged on and done 1 math practice is so close to graduating a grade, I think he can taste it. He’s the kind of kid who loves a challenge, and I’m hoping that being so close to the opportunity to graduate a grade officially will motivate him to continue working.

Then, the next morning, I saw a post on my class’ Google+ account from a student. Granted, because my students all share my account, I’m not yet sure who this student is. But, less than a week after school was out for the summer, I had a nice handful of students continuing to challenge themselves on ScootPad!

This clever student connected with me through our class Google+ account.
This clever student connected with me through our class Google+ account.

It’s all about finding joy and success in the small moments. What small moments of success have you experienced recently?

Cheers!
Dr. Anthony