Lindsay comes to maths. She sits in the front corner of the room. The teacher speaks. She stares out the window. The teacher passes her a sheet of work to complete. She doodles mindlessly on its top-right corner. The bell goes. Lindsay leaves maths.
Sumayar comes to maths. She sits near the centre of the room. The teacher speaks. She listens attentively. The teacher passes her a sheet of work to complete. She gets to work immediately. The bell goes. Sumayar leaves maths.
Both these girls have two things in common: they do not distress, disrupt or disturb, and, they have no sense of long-term progress. Sumayar is motivated by her immediate in-class success. Lindsay needs to work much harder to ‘get it.’ But Lindsay doesn’t have to get it; it doesn’t matter. Lindsay turns up, causes no bother, leaves, and has no sense of just how far behind she’s…
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