The Answer Will Always Be Yes

March #SOLC17 Day 17


Last night was about measuring the immeasurable.  In the beginning, it seemed to be about deciding if this child was “there”, especially in comparison to other students. Looking  to see if his accomplishments were “enough.”

How does one know the answer to these questions?

Through his teachers’ eyes, the answer will always be yes.

Yes, he has worked hard to become a part of the wonderful learning happening in the classroom.

Yes, he has been motivated to use technology to help him share his thinking with the rest of his class.

Yes, he does deserve the accolades he will receive tonight.

Through his teachers’ eyes, she knows that this young man will never forget the evening where he was honored for his tireless work to make sense of his world.  A student who, from a very young age, struggled with such severe speech impediments that literally no one could understand him.  It was as if he was locked inside his body with no way to communicate.

But, last night all of that changed for this little guy.  James reveled in the knowledge that so many were there just for him.  He celebrated his accomplishments as those who love him watched from nearby seats and tables.  With great anticipation, we watched as James approached the front of the banquet hall flanked by his home family and his school family.  The Emcee knelt down so that he was eye to eye with James.  We held our collective breath as the microphone was produced and he was asked if he had something to say.

James said yes.

This slice is dedicated to James and also to all of the adults in his life who have helped him along the way.  April, Jen, Lori, Goldie, Adam, Marsha…God Bless.






5 thoughts on “The Answer Will Always Be Yes

  1. Measuring the immeasurable. That’s the perfect description of much of our work. What a special moment for everyone involved in this. But especially proud and happy for that little guy who is going to remember this for the rest of his life.

  2. Oh my gosh, this is wonderful, Carrie. This may be one of my faves of yours – I’m starting to have too many to count. I love the line “measuring the unmeasurable.” Those three words just capture so much about education and students and learning and you.

    The piece kind of slowed down at the end when you started with “with great anticipation.” I think we all held our breaths right then, too, waiting to see what would happen. And your ending?? Oh my gosh, to end with just “James said yes” was perfect.

    Love this one. Goosebumps.

  3. Wow. This piece is such a powerful celebration of this young person’s learning and growth, and appreciation for all the ones who believed in him.

  4. Wow! Your slice was so great that I just kept reading it over and over again. I love how you described his approach as “flanked by his home family and his school family.” James may have trouble speaking, but I’m sure he has plenty of feelings. Last night, he must have felt on top of the world celebrating with all of you!

  5. What a beautiful slice!! Yes, we held our collective breath, but knew he could do it. He has come so far!! Pride was beaming everywhere last night.

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