The first thing we need to understand about teaching is... That it is not easy.
Your success depends entirely on your student.
When your student does not learn... It feels like a personal failure.
And many parents who are trying to teach their little ones... Are now coming face to face with this failure every day.
Of course it is not pleasant to feel like a failure...... It makes you do one of the following....
1. Give up and stop teaching
2. Get angry and punish /shout
But neither of these approaches are useful.
The only thing that is likely to work here is.... Teaching AGAIN.
We must recognize that when we teach children... Our role ends at teaching.
We cannot make them learn..
We can only teach it again....DIFFERENTLY... And hope that that difference will work.
Transferring the blame onto the child is not right
It results in the child developing low self-esteem and a false belief like "I am dumb" "I can't learn" And so on.
Which is counterproductive.
The obstacle here may be that you know only one way to teach.
The way that works for you.
And the solution here is to explore and discover more ways to teach.
Information makes a long journey from the eyes and ears to the long term memory.
And when that journey is done... The child learns.
I love to explain this journey to parents at my workshops and consultations... Because understanding the journey and the roadblocks in that journey is the only way to discover the right way to teach.
In my opinion... If you understand the problem... You can implement the solution much better.
Make the effort to understand learning if you are struggling with teaching.
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