So you all know I have about a bazillion boys in my class.
Boys are competitive.
This year has been all about "who won this" or "who won that" or "I was there first" or "he cut me in line."
Needless to say, I've been doing a lot of "it doesn't matter, we'll all get there at the same time" or "we're all winners, let's not keep score" or "it doesn't matter who wins as long as you try your best." I mean, these boys cry if they get 14 out of 15 correct on their spelling tests.
Well, I think it's starting to sink in, because during sharing last week, one of the boys brought in his soccer trophy and I overheard this conversation:
Student in class: "How many games did you win?"
Sharing student: "None"
Student in class: "If you never won any games, why did you get that trophy?"
Sharing student: "Because I tried my best."