One of my students who needs a whole lotta extra help and love is reading about three grades below where he should be. He struggles with learning disabilities and emotional disabilities, not to mention a challenging home life...to put it mildly. Today we were reading Freckle Juice. After working his hardest just to get through a couple of pages, trying trying trying, he looked at me, smiled, and said, "I like reading now!"
And my heart melted. I teach for moments like this.