The urge to stop is strong
But think about those rich rewards,
The shiny medals, trophies too
Or even just a finished ‘thing’
To show the world with bursting pride,
But oh, to give it up feels right,
When winning feels so out of sight.
I did a little crochet workshop for the students who have their exams coming up in the next term. It was only an hour and I expected them to make a lovely flower pin that they could take away and wear with pride.
But, oh my God, it soon became apparent that it was never going to happen. And it wasn’t because these students are unintelligent or unable to use their hands correctly; it was because their resilience is so poor.
Our school has a set of words that we consider to be our school values and resilience is one of those words. However, we don’t seem to get the kids to embody those values with any sense of enthusiasm.
I don’t think this is a problem that is isolated to just our school as I saw similar behaviour in my training schools. It is especially noticeable when doing something practical and kids just seem to throw the project down and give up when they first begin to find it hard.
I don’t know if it’s got anything to do with the time out of school because of COVID, but whatever the reason, students are finding it really hard to push through difficulties.
Of course, I may be a horrible crochet teacher and that’s why they all struggled so much. But I really hope that those students don’t give up everything that easily as I fear they will miss out on so much of life if they do.