I am incredibly proud of the following statistics. Of my 31 students,
- 18 met or exceeded their word count goal.
- 22 took a risk and set a goal that was over the minimum, even though they knew that this could affect their grade negatively.
- 23 wrote more than 18,000 words.
- The class average percent of the word count completed was 85%.
This is a huge, mind-boggling success. It is an incredibly tangible expression of my personal belief that my students--despite being heavily minority, taught by failing schools, and mostly on free and reduced lunch--are capable of anything, if only one asks it of them and believes that they can succeed.