Sixth-grade teacher Brittany Cerevic writes in this commentary about a student who showed her that the personal gains students make are just as important as their academic accomplishments. The student, "Jack," acted out and lagged behind his peers, but he also confessed to Cerevic that he had a challenging home life and was frustrated by his academic record. Cerevic writes about a time when Jack asked her why she hadn't given up on him. Her response -- "I care" -- helped her reach Jack, and it was the hug that followed the conversation that she calls her "breakthrough" moment.
Why personal gains, academic accomplishments are equally important
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