Grasp and 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)


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.


      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.


  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


  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!!!


  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.


    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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