Remedial Surfing

Trip Start Jul 10, 2013
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Sunday, July 21, 2013

It's good as a teacher to be reminded occasionally of what it feels like to struggle. I can't truly imagine what it feels like for kids who truly struggle in school - where it doesn't matter how hard they try - the numbers or letters just never fall into line - nothing adds up.

Fortunately, I have surfing to clarify this sense of futile struggle for me. Yesterday, our second surfing lesson, the instructor (who was excellent) had essentially sent the rest of the family off to surf on their own then turned to me and said that I had one more shot to stand up on the regular surf board and if that didn't work out he was going to get the stand up paddle board. The is the equivalent, I suppose, of giving someone who is struggling with swimming giant water wings and a life jacket.

So, having been moved to the remedial surfing class, I was left to try to stand on the stand up paddle board - a board, I will point out, is meant to be stood up on!! On a positive note, I could stand up on the paddle board - which I affectionately call the "special needs" surf board.

I know in education they talk about resilience as the key to students having success in school. But this resilience must be very fragile. We returned to the beach in the afternoon to try some more surfing. I had a couple of moments of actual almost maybe standing on a regular (not remedial) board. But if I hadn't I'm not sure how infinite my own resilience might be - or how fragile.
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Joyce on

Thanks for new photos! The beaches look thinly inhabited..are they really quiet? As for the surfing, there are recommendations for remedial students !. Get a good night's sleep; Eat a good breakfast ( no Nutella and bread); Listen to your ipod while studying the subject ( are they waterproof?) and keep trying.( Doesn't that sound teacherly? Can J.F. surf? I gather the kids have it figured out. Ikea arrived today; poor Harvey ( 43 boxes)! Assembly begins tomorrow. We miss you ( not because of the 43 boxes).Love Mom

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