The desire to make a difference, after all, is what prompts most of us teachers to go into education in the first place. It's easy, though, to feel like you're missing the mark on most days when you live in a world that measures value only by test scores. Some of the most profound progress a child makes doesn't show up anywhere in their precious data.
Sometimes it appears in an email from the speech teacher:
A. told me he would like a different speech time because he doesn't like missing writing...It was just one line long, but it felt like a victory nonetheless.