I will never forget the first day of 3rd grade. I looked around and it seemed like there were a thousand kids in my class. Sure enough, the school realized that something needed to change and selected several of us to move up to a 4th grade class. I was really excited, and happy to be with my friends in the new class until…we started working on Math. Little did I know you learn a TON of core Math skills in 3rd grade. Skills they just expected us to know right away now that we were technically 4th graders. To make matters worse it seemed like Math was the only subject we ever did in 4th grade. I worked as hard as a could, but I just wasn’t getting it and wound up with a B on my report card. I know, I know that doesn’t sound too bad, but for me it might as well have been an F. Maybe I should have stayed in 3rd grade after all. Something had to change. My parents and I got to work. Mommy and Daddy helped me practice my multiplication tables and division. I studied flash cards over and over until I was cross eyed! I even worked with one of my former teachers who helped me study. After that summer, our new teacher divided us into Math groups, and I realized she had placed me in the highest group! I couldn’t believe it. Was this a mistake? All my practice paid off, because it turned out I had the best grade in the class! My teacher even gave me an award for being the highest Math student! I try to remember this experience whenever I get discouraged. I wanted to give up so many times, trust me, but now I realize if I just keep working, great things can happen.