Kim Rauchfuss School Psychologist 847-395-9423 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me The first five years of my career were spent as a math teacher in a junior high school. We were under the direction of a brand new principal who was spearheading the implementation of all the new "hot" initiatives in education at that time. One of them being a new A, B, I grading system. The idea behind the A, B, I grading system was that when a student mastered the material, they earned a B grade. In order for students to earn an A grade, they needed to go above and beyond the general curriculum by completing additional work or projects. Students that did not master the curriculum to a B average earned an incomplete. Incomplete grades indicated that those students needed to be retaught the content over and over until they understood and mastered the objectives. This meant for some reason, the student did not grasp the content the first time that it was taught. As a result, I revamped each lesson, numerous times, incorporating every modality of learning, in an attempt to ignite passion that would hopefully result in a sense of discovery (that light bulb moment) for each student who would spend hours in before and after school tutoring sessions with me relearning the content. This is what Igniting Passion and Discovery In Every Student means to me...the first time around, it may not ignite the passion for many students. Every student is unique, coming to us with differing strengths and challenges. Revisiting, altering, trying something new, patience and persistence may Ignite the Passion and Discovery In Every Student.