Any educator will have certain academic goals for a student - elements to teach, skills to learn, new abilities to develop.
Some children begin to struggle, however, when those goals do not adapt to how the child learns.
If the student does not have the ability to understand what is being taught, then it becomes the responsibility of the educator to find the balance between his or her goals for the child and the student's ability to grasp those goals.
Always finding this balance is my overriding philosophy for teaching.
I strongly believe that with positive reinforcement and an environment that continually adapts to a child's specific learning style, he or she can experience a sense of true accomplishment in learning.