What I’m Reading: I’m listening to “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante. It’s the story of a life long friendship between two girls beginning in Naples, Italy in the 1950s. I treasure my long term friendships-shout out to the buddies I’ve been hanging with since elementary and high school…you’re the best and I love you. Thanks for really knowing me. Needless to say, I’m enjoying Ferrante’s exciting and sometimes tragic story of Elena and Lila.
Building Confident Learners: Have fun! Learning is fun, although it sometimes gets a bad reputation for being a daunting process. Value curiosity, and model having fun while learning. It goes a long way!
What Gives Me Joy: Community and the arts. Last Thursday was The Art Bulbs Awards in Spartanburg. I was happy to be able to help hand out awards, and the event was a success. Look at all the amazing pieces of artwork represented in the Art Bulbs around town! And don’t forget to check out the Spartanburg Art Museum. Paper Worlds is on exhibit until December 10th so get yourself on over to SAM to check it out.
The joy of learning. Together.
What I’m Reading: “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World” by William H. McRaven. This book was referred to me by a parent of a past student (Deanna, if your reading this thank you). It’s a concise and easy to read reminder that the little things add up to bigger things. I especially liked the reminder to work together as a community, and the emphasis on an internal locus of control. Although written for adults, it’s totally accessible to children.
Building Confident Learners: Quality Time. Make time to enjoy something or learn something with your child. Live deliberately, and show them that they are an important piece of your life puzzle.
What Gives Me Joy: Spending time with family and friends. I visited some family friends last weekend in Asheville. I went for a couple of mountain runs, ate oysters, visited the Biltmore Estate, laughed a lot, watched a total eclipse, and felt really lucky.
At the Biltmore Estate with my aunt Kathy and honorary aunt Martha
My dad and me rocking our eclipse glasses
The joy of learning. Together.
Helping children to boost their confidence can be as easy and listening to them, and modeling positive attitudes. Check out more quick tips for building confident learners below!
Listen, Don’t Interrupt: Listen to children when they are processing something new. It’s very tempting to interrupt their process in order to correct! I know. It’s hard. But stop yourself and allow them to find their own errors. If they don’t find the errors after they’ve worked on a task for a bit, you can go in and ask them about where they might have made a mistake. This allows them autonomy and gives them responsibly for their own learning.
Be positive and have fun! Nothing is more degrading to the learning experience than a nasty or impatient adult. Modeling positive learning attitudes will make a huge difference in a child’s mindset about their own education.