Sam had been trying since he was in the fifth grade (the grade I teach) to make all As and Bs. It never worked out for him. Sam was out quite a bit and often viewed schoolwork as a waste of time when he was in attendance. He was that student who would frustrate the teacher because he was so naturally smart but didn’t care to apply himself. There were other things much more important to Sam than school.
When I returned from a mission trip to Honduras that year, I showed my students Honduran money called lempiras. Sam loved my Honduran money so much that he tried desperately to buy them from me, even offering me double or triple what they were worth in American dollars. (I declined the offer, and by his response, you would have thought I turned down the best deal that Shark Tank had ever offered. Mr. Wonderful needs to meet Sam sometime. They could be best buds.)
Jordyn is a fifth grade math teacher with 12 years in the classroom who loves writing Bible studies, teaching, and watching Downton Abbey. She was a former finalist for Alabama’s Teacher of the Year. You can read her blog at Grade 5 Greatness and find her teaching resources at the Grade 5 Greatness TpT store.