One young author was very excited to share his work with me as he planned out the lay-out for his piece on "TS". (He informed me that TS is Tourette's syndrome, which is a condition that he has.) His goal is to build awareness of TS by printing 100 copies of his feature article to distribute. This young man's calendar included weekend work that he had set for himself to meet the target date.
This student and I celebrated his hard work and commitment to this project. I was invited back to check in on his progress and receive a final copy of his publication. I gladly accepted this invitation!
Less than 20 minutes had passed when this author found me in my office as I gathered supplies for a PLT meeting. He was excited to report that because today's work had been so successful, he was ahead of schedule. We shared another small celebration. I mistakenly judged that he would be able to take the weekend off and pick up with this writing piece next week. With a smile, he informed that this work was important and a break would not be in his weekend plans. He received no arguments from me…in fact, as a co-learner I was reminded of a valuable life lesson...meaningful work keeps the student engaged and increases the motivation towards success.