Zeal for learning: how to make it happen
This is my last official post for Blogging A to Z in April.
Not everyone thinks learning is fun.
Not everyone has knowledge of everything.
Everyone CAN learn.
Kids nowadays have so much technology and other activities that learning seems like a chore. As adults it is our responsibility to show them that everything we know is “stuff” we learned. It is also important to emphasize that even as adults we are still learning. Kids need to see that we want to learn because there is always something new to learn. And learning can both bring enjoyment and be enjoyable.
For those kids who struggle academically, they also need to be taught that people do learn at different rates and although their best friend may have learned something quickly, that does not mean to give up. It means to keep going and things do take longer sometimes.
Some things to think about – why many kids don’t like “to learn”
- It is hard!
- It takes a long time!
- Nothing is automatic
- Sometimes there are a lot of steps to get to one conclusion.
- Sometimes you make a mistake and have to redo things, but that’s okay.
- Everyone learns differently. Some auditorily, by listening to instructions, while others learn visually, by watching someone do something. There are kinesthetic learners who learn best doing things hands-on. Then of course there are the majority of people who have some sort of combination. The key: FIND YOUR STRENGTHS!
- Sometimes the things you are asked to learn seem like they have no point to them. This occurs a lot in math. But, it is all about building blocks. Everything you learn builds to new skills. Mastering a skill means the next time you advance, you already have the beginning skills!
- Sometimes things are boring.
There are a few points to emphasize…
- Every bit of knowledge you have is a bit more than you had. It is all worth it.
- Working hard helps make some things easier in the long run.
- Learning new things opens your eyes to things you may learn to love, that you never even knew about.
Staying as positive as possible is also a plus. Don’t ever make your child feel like they are “dumb” because they are having trouble. Don’t assume slow growth is “lazy”. And sometimes silliness is a way to mask embarassment.
No one should be embarrassed to ask for help!
Contact me if you have any questions or concerns or would like to share your experience.