Grasp and Understand

Grasp.

Understand.

Finally, the moment when something is understood.

I help children everyday to learn new things: to explore, to experience, to learn. There are those who grasp quickly; and those who take a little longer. However, sitting beside them, showing them step by step, I see the understanding slowly emerge. Suddenly  the child looks at me with understanding: “I get it.” What satisfaction it is to me when I hear those words. Then I know I have achieved what I set out to do: I have given the child the satisfaction of knowing they are capable, and able to do the task that has been set out for them.

Sometimes it takes a while for me to grasp certain things. Add anything technical into the mix and I am a little slower at figuring things out. Step by step. Bit by bit. Sometimes at a snail’s pace. Eventually, though, with a little self patience I can get there. I need to just believe in my self and have faith that I can do it.

Never give up and it can be done.

What is your experience of learning new things?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

(Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s prompt is: Grasp)

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34 thoughts on “Grasp and Understand

  1. I love that feeling when you realise “you got it”. Even after so many years, I still love it. I tend to pick things up very quicky, but have learned over the years that I learn best visually. Great post Colline, I love how you make me think.

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      1. Self-motivation is how I got interested in the science-theology interchange. The bibliography of what I’ve read would be pages … probably 5 or so. … and most of the sources are meaty and written by leaders in the field.

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  2. That is my favourite part about teaching, when a student says ‘I get it’ and really means it, I absolutely love those moments! It is particularly satisfying if it has been a difficult journey

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  3. Math – takes me forever to grasp! Must rework answer to make sure I have it correct. No confidence in Math since I was a child. Wish you had been my teacher and enjoyed my successes. I bet I would have gained more skills and confidence. Your class is soooo lucky to have a teacher like you who wants to see them suceed!!!

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  4. Great post my friend. Nothing sound more beautiful than hearing our kids say, “I get it!” So rewarding. As for learning new stuff , I’m like you , when it comes to techinical stuff, I’m like a snail. It felt forever for me to figure our blogging, copy and paste, etc. My son is brighter than me when it comes to making Legos. I don’t know how he figures out those tiny hundred pieces of bricks. It’s true, first graders are smarter….ha, ha, ha. Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. But what a wonderful thing once we have learned, hey? Makes the effort worthwhile. I know I would never give back what I have learned in order to blog: blogging has introduced me to so many likeable people; and has enabled me to express myself. 🙂

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