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I don't know what else to do to reach my students. I've worked so hard: reflected and rethought and sought to try new ideas, to make personal connections, to help them see real-life purposes, to nudge them to set goals and reflect on their learning, to show them that learning and literacy can be fun.
But some of them just aren't there yet, even halfway through the year. So many of them still don't see themselves as readers and writers, although many have come a long way from where they were in the fall. Some of them have an identity to keep up that clashes with being a good student. Some just don't buy in to the whole "school" thing. Some of them are hesitant, under-confident, unsure of themselves. And some are just so wrapped up in their social lives that they really don't want to focus on anything else.
How do I reach them? What else can I do to convince them that this matters and to instill in them a joy and a hunger that will make them lifelong readers, writers, and learners?
I don't know, but I will keep trying. I will keep striving and searching and working. I will dry my tears and come back to them tomorrow with smiles and enthusiasm and love.
And tomorrow, or next week, or next month, I will reach another student. Every one counts.