IS DOING ONE’S BEST, GOOD ENOUGH?

Steven (ptl2010), “Doing the Best I Can,” reminded me of a teacher/student interaction which occurred several years ago. Educators were/are encouraged to always be positive. One of the things we teachers often said, “Just do your best.” (Really that’s an out for not having to teach. Oops, should I have said that?)

On to my story. I was teaching remedial reading to junior high students in a summer session. Each child had his own prescribed list of work so I was sure the students could do their work independently. A boy brought his paper to me to be checked, he made about 40 percent on it. He looked at it and said, “I did my best so that good enough, isn’t it?” I responded, “No, that’s not good enough. That’s the reason I’m the teacher and you are the student. You are here to learn.” The child was somewhat shocked! I don’t know how long he had been given that way out of doing the “hard stuff.”

What I received from Steven’s blog was that I need to remember that my best is never good enough. But I can rely on God’s Son, the perfect Teacher, to help be do better. Thanks, Steven, for the reminder.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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