3/5/2014 12:33:45 PM
Both of my girls are Straight A students. Luckily, their charter school is challenging them more, and the A’s aren’t *quite* as easy to come by as they used to be, but still both girls are studious and enjoy learning and it shows. So when Georgia got three 0s in her Spanish class, we were concerned.
The first 0 was from when she was out for the day for the county level science fair. Her teacher allowed her to make that one up.
The second 0 was the teacher’s fault and her teacher corrected it.
The third 0 was from when Irelyn was in the hospital last week, and Georgia simply forgot about it due to the craziness for a few day.
Georgia told her teacher yesterday when she realized what had happened and turned in the work late that “she realizes it was her responsibility to check for missed work, that she accepted fault for missing the work, and that she would accept whatever grade she was given.”
I almost broke out in tears when we found out she said that.
I know adults that cannot fathom accepting that they’ve made a mistake, much less accept the consequences of their actions. And here, my 11 year old understands the concept already and is, on her own accord, applying it to her life.
To call the praise we gave her effusive would be an understatement.
You see, our girls get punished when they do wrong, but are equally praised for when they do right. And so far, it seems like that approach is working quite well.