And his name was Roy.
At summers end he returned to school,
Dragging his feet like a heavily-laden mule.
On that Monday his teacher was away,
Said Roy: "Yay, does that mean we get an extra long holiday?"
As the first lesson began Roy became excited,
learning about fractions was something he invited.
For that last year Roy had crowned himself class king,
In multiplication, division and every other mathematical thing.
But as the lesson went on Roy grew more and more confused,
Anxiety set in and his forehead began to sweat,
Such difficulty with maths was something he just didn't get.
Again, looking around, everyone else was doing great,
But the self-doubting thoughts just kept on coming,
Could everyone tell he was sucking?
And with that, he became distraught.
Roy withdrew to the corner and refused to do any class work,
Proclaiming it was boring and had been set by a jerk.
The teacher approached him and thoughtfully said,
"Roy, dear boy, there's nothing wrong with your head."
"When I was young, I had trouble with fractions too.
Let's give it another go and see what, together, we can do."
Roy was hesitant but decided to give it one more try,
Mostly because what the teacher had said didn't sound like a lie.
He persisted and error after error came closer to knowing,
His understanding of fractions was growing and growing.
Gradually, he rejuvenated his sense of hope,
And he realised he was in the midst of a steep learning slope.
He was the last to finish but the proudest of all,
In the whole class of grade three and four.
"Roy I'm so proud at the way you stuck at it,
That is why in the end you got it!"
If Roy could remember a song of joy, that's what he would have sung,
But at that very moment the literacy bell rung,
So another learning journey begun.
Like many learners, Roy experienced the following emotions during his learning journey: