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Students should experience discomfort at some point every day. They should be confronted with challenging and rigorous tasks, held accountable for their learning, and expected to meet high standards. The focus should not solely be on making students feel comfortable, having fun, or loving every aspect of their classroom experience. While these things may seem pleasant, they may not necessarily be in the best interest of the students.

Consider your own achievements and goals. Were they accomplished within your comfort zone, or did you experience discomfort along the way? I often find myself uncomfortable during my Insanity Max 30 workout, when resisting an extra glazed donut (Even though I wasn't uncomfortable this morning because I did eat the donut😜), or while public speaking. Uncomfortable moments, such as making sacrifices for meaningful relationships, have led to some of the greatest accomplishments in my life.

Therefore, it's crucial to acknowledge that students deserve to be uncomfortable. They should be exposed to challenges, rigorous tasks, and high expectations. These uncomfortable moments not only contribute to academic success but also prepare students for life's challenges.

Let's avoid fostering the belief that life is easy; instead, let's empower students with the understanding that while they can achieve their goals, they may encounter discomfort along the way.

Wishing you and your students a great and uncomfortable year!

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