"Separating From Children"
Questions for the Week of February 5, 2007
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? We believe, 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, "Separating From Children." Would you like to 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?"
"Separating from Children"
Well, Aidan is asleep and Jack is at a play date with his cousin, so I have high hopes that I will get these questions done. To bring you up to speed, Aidan came a week and a half early at 7 lb. and 3oz. He was just under 20 inches long. He has lots of black hair and a dimple in his left cheek just like Jack and Daddy. Jack adores him and wants to hold him and look at his poopy diapers. Overall, many things were and were not at all what I had expected. Dangerous thing, having expectations where unpredictable humans are concerned.
Expected: Aidan looks just like I pictured him. I could picture him at various points throughout my short and relatively painless labor. Before the bliss of my epidural, I experienced some contractions which were actually good. I watched them go up and down, on the monitor, like a sine wave. Like a P-Curve even. I also watched the clock and sat / squatted, and this helped immeasurably! When I had to lay down on my side or back, the pain was much worse. After the epidural, I was able to picture the cervix opening up like a flower in bloom (Inetta's image, good one Netta!) and could talk to Aidan. I told him to come out now, Daddy and I have been waiting for you! Aidan came out and began to nurse as soon as they handed him to me!
Unexpected: Aidan is different from Jack in that he just is. I can't explain it. I did not expect my reaction regarding the newborn experience between my two sons to be so different. I think that I am more conscious of Aiden and of his needs than I was with Jack. Moreover, his needs don't upset me as often. Not that they don't distress me. But I am better able to still see my own needs in the face of his. Of course, at times, they do conflict. But I am not reacting out of shock, more like I am making a conscious choice to take care of my crucial needs (eat, use the bathroom) in the space of a few minutes, and then I can attend him much calmer. It helps that my mom has been handling the house, the meals and Jack for the most part. There in lies my trouble. I figured Aidan would be easier because he is my second child, and I generally feel more confident.
The Teacher's Questions (asked by Jen F.)
Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Ed)