Learning is...excellent! (Image taken from stmcs.org)

This goal could not come at a better moment.

I will start like this: when I left Greece to come to Switzerland, I kept contact with a great number of my students, as we had become very attached and it is always great to hear their news and how they are doing and growing, as people and personalities.

The other day I was talking to one of them. He is 16 years old and a wonderful person in all respects: kind, considerate and a great student. By great student I mean (and I have admired him for this ever since I first met him, when he was eight!) that he tries very hard in everything that he does and tries to apply the things he learns in his life. He loves learning.

As I was saying, I was chatting with him on Skype and it was great to read all his news. At some point he expressed his disappointment, as that day he had written a test in Physics and, even though he had studied and tried really hard (as can happen to anyone), he did not perform as well as he had expected. Anyone would feel disappointed, as the only thing one can think at that moment is I put in so much effort in it. It is not like that though. (And fortunately he is a person who will keep on doing his best – he is very motivated by learning.)

Does it matter that he did not perform well? No.

Is his life or future going to be defined by that grade? No.

Is he still learning and progressing in his learning? Yes!

That is what sometimes we educators do not point out to our kids. We are responsible to a great extent for this. That learning is for them, it is something great and that no matter how old they get, they will keep on learning something, be it at school, college, home, anywhere. The grade of course can feel as a reward for their efforts but it is only something momentary. If we constantly remind them that the beauty is in learning and they can only benefit from it, then both them and we have achieved our goal. If we remind them that they are great and should always try their best, because each child has their own skills and abilities, they will.

And be a model for their learning. Show them at specific instances that you too are learning alongside them.

I have not mentioned his name but I have still asked him for permission in order to use his example in my post. And I thank him very much for that! And for everything he has taught me all these years! I am very proud of you and you know who you are ; )