Sunday, November 12, 2017

Bringing Our "A Game"

This girl right here loves a good school project. We've done detailed slide shows, dressed up like famous folks of history and even produced videos.

And we ALWAYS try to bring our "A GAME" to everything we do.

Which is why I was caught off guard on her last one...

I heard the grade she received - WAY lower than we usually see from her.

Then at the school assembly for her to present it - I understood why on the grade (and actually thought her teacher was VERY gracious with it).

I was bummed - but it led to a good conversation with her and it allowed me to explain one of the Core Values and Beliefs I came up under while working at MindSpring:

"We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake. Furthermore, we see a huge difference between "good mistakes" (best effort, bad result) and "bad mistakes" (sloppiness or lack of effort)."
She took it well and finally admitted that she just didn't put the effort in and never even told us about it so we could help her out.

Which led us to where we were this weekend... her totally redoing her project.

Not for a grade. Not for extra points. Not for anything official...

But to prove to herself and her teacher that she wants to give BEST EFFORT in all she does.

And she was actually pretty stoked about the whole thing!

She worked super hard on her display board and even re-worked some of her report to be a little more accurate.

Then she insisted on presenting it again to our family.

I was so proud of her!

She could have taken my feedback any way she wanted to.

Been embarrassed. Angry. Irritated. Mad at me.

But she didn't!

She took it - grew from it - and channeled it!

Meron - I am super proud of you, girl!

You showed a maturity not seen in many this weekend. You worked hard when you could have been playing and you proved that you are really about best effort.

Thank you so much for hearing our feedback in the spirit it was intended!

Way to bring your "A GAME" girl!

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