At the start of every class, a student is randomly selected to go to the board and fix a sentence. Most really, really, really don't want to be selected, but they reluctantly go if chosen.
After struggling for a couple of minutes, one seventh period student heads back to her desk. She's usually a cheerful student, volunteering answers and sparking class conversations. But she looks dejected after her turn at the board. I overhear her comment to a friend, "I just made a complete fool of myself."
I want to make her feel better about herself, but I don't want to make a production of it. If I say anything out loud, she might feel worse. So I grab a Post-It note, quickly scribble a comment and place it on her desk. She smiles.
What would you have written? My comment to her is in the comments ...