My student DID need glasses! She has an astigmatism. When she started burning steel again with her new glasses on, her welds were instantly straighter, more well-defined and accurate. She gleefully danced around and explained that somehow with her glasses on the weld is Brighter without being so bright that it hurts her eyes...all I could do was smile, as I realise that on paper that doesn't really make sense, but it's true. So much of students' potential can be revealed when they put their glasses on, lift with their legs, and measure twice--what we often mistake for weakness, sloppiness and incompetence may be simple, correctable faults that serve to mask boundless talent.
I should remind myself of this sentiment, this pleased, enthusiastic affection for my kids I have right now, next time I'm ready to smack a brat upside the head.