After finishing up my 5th grade book club, 'A' stops me on my way out of the room and asks me if we can talk. Why of course we can! Thinking maybe she was going to mention someone who was picking on her, or that she didn't understand something, she begins to tell me that she feels herself struggling in reading, and doesn't know how to fix it.
Wow, I'm totally taken aback because I was expecting her to tell me something else. We chat for a few moments about strategies she can try at home and at school. I mention I'll check back in with her tomorrow, she smiles, and we go our separate ways.
This moment meant so much to me because not only did she feel comfortable enough to come to me, she is also motivated to improve and sought out help on her own.