In an emotional post, Nucleus Learning says this past year, for the first time ever, she gave up on a student:
I'm not proud at all. I should have dealt with this situation differently. I don't really know how, but I know that giving up on him was not right, not as a teacher. I am obliged to have faith in all of my students, some more, some less, but faith nonetheless. I have no right to give up. No right at all! At that moment I failed as a teacher!
After reading this entry, one of Nucleus’ students emailed her with an encouraging response, undoubtedly giving her a renewed confidence for the new school year:
I'd just like to mention that, on the other end of the teaching spectrum, you have also inspired students. You inspired me!! And I'm not just saying that to be nice. If you factor in all the students you've inspired (and there are many), you'll find that it far outnumbers the one that you supposedly “gave up on.” Your science class was the best. Ever.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.