During a recent SMT Family Group Course session, it was pretty cool to hear a ninth grader say that he found it “inspirational” when students and parents shared their personal improvements with the group. He is a bright, quiet, very sweet guy.
The following week, he shared his most recent personal improvement. When he did, the room broke into applause for him and I had to fight the urge to run over to him, give him a hug, and kiss him on top of the head.
What did he say, you ask?
He told us that for the first time since second grade he had had the courage to seek out a teacher and ask for help. Did you get the significance of that?
He shared that his second grade teacher had made him feel that he was not safe asking her for help. She had dismissed his request for help in such a way that ever since he has been afraid of his teachers. He couldn’t see them as helpful, only as a threat.
Woah… How many other students are struggling in the pain of confusion because they are afraid to ask for help from a teacher? In SMT we teach a lot more than time management. Little miracles happen each week when I teach the group classes.
I love how everyone is inspired, including me.
Marydee Sklar is the president of Executive Functioning Success and the creator of the Seeing My Time Program®. She is an educator and author of three books on executive functions, as well as a trainer and speaker. Marydee has more than twenty years of experience working with students and adults with executive function challenges.