"Parenting with Patience"
Questions for the Week of September 18, 2006
When asked, "how do you best learn?" most people usually respond with either a technique, like, "in a classroom," or by naming their favorite sense, like, "I learn best visually." Unfortunately, this implies most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.
What is wrong with this? We believe that "parroting the correct answer" creates parrots, not students; dullards, not Einsteins. So how can we create more Einsteins? By asking questions which are intended to provoke the student's own questions. More important, we see this as the best way with which to reawaken in students the love of learning.
This week's topic is, "Parenting with Patience." Would you like to actually awaken your love of learning about this topic? You can, simply by reading the teacher's questions and then, by asking yourself, "what questions did these words just provoke in me?"
"On Parenting With Patience"
Teacher's Questions (asked by Colleen)
Possible Student Response Questions (asked by Gary)
 Does the sound of a crying child put you into shock?
 Is impatience with a child an expression of an inability to see the beauty in the neediness of a child? Is impatience a block?
 In modern Western culture, time is defined by man-made constructs; clocks, work schedules, calendars, etc., rather than by natural ones such as the cycles of the sun and moon, weather, and seasons. Does our impatience with children reflect a profound disconnect with our natural, biological rhythms? Would we be more patient if we weren't dancing to the beat of industrialized society?