“Be patient!” Growing up I often heard these words come out of my mom’s mouth. I wanted to do things “now” and waited impatiently for events to happen. I would get frustrated when I could not master a skill that looked so easy when others did it. As an adult, I have had to learn patience with people; and wait for the right time to do things.
And yet in the classroom I find mysef going over things more than once. I think of different ways in which to explain a concept if it is not quickly understood. I seem to have a well of unending patience as I sit with a child who is learning to read. I am not sure where the patience comes from but it is there when I need it.
As I work with the children teaching them new skills, I realise that I am teaching them patience too. I am teaching them that they will learn the new skill in their own time. I am teaching them to embrace their frustration while helping them realise that what they are experiencing is a part of the learning process.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: patience)
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