Day 13: Learning Patience

“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.

photo (52)© 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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8 thoughts on “Day 13: Learning Patience

    1. There are times too when I lose my patience. Now I even warn the children that I teach. Once they know me, it helps to prevent them from continuing to test my limits 🙂

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