One Bummed Fan
As a Bay Area native, I have grown to love the local sport teams; but no team has thrown me on the roller coaster of emotions more than the Oakland A’s. From the days of the “Bash Brothers” to its current roster, I have seen the good and the bad. With each spring comes a new beginning, the opportunity to see if the off-season moves are going to pay off. This past season started with low expectations; we are in a “rebuilding year.” To my surprise, with only a week to go before the All-Star Break, we were only two games out in the division. Days later, my joy came to a screeching halt. After a few losing streaks, we were out of contention. As a fan, I went from faithfully watching the Athletics to casually glimpsing at the box scores. Once again, the aspirations of baseball in October will have to be laid to rest until next year.
School is in full swing and every student and parent has high expectations for the school year. Some years have been good to parents and students, while others are better left unmentioned. As the academic calendar rolls on, students will have some “losing streaks” of their own. They will believe that all the dreams they once dreamed are merely just that. Their attitude may suggest that they have given up on school; and, in many cases, they have.
Comparatively speaking, a sports fanatic and a student can go through the same plethora of emotions. They both will start with hope, but where they end depends on their surroundings. Do what you can now to prepare your students for success. Students that quit trying midstream rarely have somebody pulling for them. Academic success takes hard work and dedication by the teacher, the student and the parent. If you have had bumps in the road in the past, assess them and determine how you will prevent them this year. Do not let your student lose hope in his studies.
Your student can succeed, but you have to believe in him from start to finish – if it were only that easy being a fan.