Flickr photo by fauxto_digThis is a great day! One more student is beginning to replace the I can'ts with I cans when it comes to math. I played math for an hour this morning with two new students, 5th and 8th grade sisters. Prior to today, the one word that described how the older one felt about math is FRUSTRATED. We played with addition, multiplication, and fractions. Both girls are bright, articulate, and eager to understand what math is all about. Their mom didn't want to overwhelm them, so our first session was just an hour. We made plans to get together again on Thursday, so she asked the 8th grader if two hours would be too much. The young lady replied, "I could do this all day!" I had told her when we met that I help kids understand math because it hurts my heart that so many kids feel defeated by it. Today I responded to her upbeat attitude and enthusiasm by saying, "My heart is so happy!" What a great day! I can't wait for Thursday.