There's a special bulletin board in Katya's classroom where each week, the teacher posts the children's names for various achievements. They don't have actual numerical/letter grades in the elementary school and the children aren't competitive amongst themselves; the kids strive more to top their own individual best efforts. This board honors all of the kids' achievements in various areas and it's a big deal to them--both to make it, and to cheer on those who do.
I was in Katya's classroom on Wednesday and I saw her name on it for a variety of successes--I was so darn proud! Here is what she had done:
- She participated in a poetry-writing contest and her writing will be included in the school's literary magazine.
- She did the best job in the class on her homework last week (with one other girl).
- She (and six other kids) mastered everything in their weekly mathematics unit.
- She (and four other kids) had the best handwriting in the class last week.
- She (and three other kids) exhibited mastery in their writing, using perfect grammar and spelling (in Russian)
Her teacher had told me at her most recent parent-teacher conference (in March) that Katya was among the top kids in the class, but I hadn't actually seen it broken down like this. Yay! It's so great to see that she's happy at school and loving academics.