Me: How was your last day as a 2nd grader?
Tornado A: It was ok.
Me: Are you ready for 3rd grade?
Tornado A: 4th grade.
Tornado A: I think I need to go to 4th grade. Or 5th grade.
As I was cleaning out backpacks a few days later, I found that Tornado A’s teacher had the 2nd graders reflect and assess. Much like I do with my Freshmen.
Question 1: What was the most challenging subject this year? Why do you think it was challenging? What can you do to prepare for next year?
Tornado A’s answer: Nothing. It was too easy.
Then I got Tornado A’s report card. He failed to make straight A’s as he predicted. He got a B in spelling and B in language arts. Not bad.
And then there was this comment: Tornado A needs to slow down; he rushes his work and makes sloppy mistakes.