I can’t go into specifics –what’s said in class, stays in class kind of thing– but one of the people in my community partner site told a story that’s really stuck with me. It wasn’t long a long story. It was simply a kind act from an unexpected quarter, but it was an act that stuck with her and meant enough to her so that she would tell a class about it a couple years later.
Part of the reason it stuck with me is the way she expressed the emotions she’d felt at the time, how it’d made her stop and think. That small act had been simple, yet effective. Perhaps more effective than a big one would have been.
Big doesn’t always mean better, especially in education. For instance, early intervention programs that catch reading difficulties or health screenings that can catch potential problems are much more effective than programs that try to solve those problems several years down the road when much more time and effort is needed to do what could have been done much more easily before.