My daughter learned how to tie her shoes in one afternoon.
One Saturday morning, her father sat with her on the couch, with an inspiring new pair of brightly-colored sneakers, and patiently went through the bunny ears, the pull throughs, and the try-agains. By dinner, she'd mastered the skill and was gleaming with pride at her independence.
We sent her off to school on Monday with her velcro (uniform) sneakers on, knowing that although she had a new trick up her sleeve with her fine motor mastery, she didn't have to go to the trouble of putting it right to use. I figured the opportunity to tie her shoes would come with soccer practice and upcoming playdates; no need to rush right into it.
She came home from school with a particular bounce to her step to tell me that she'd practiced her tying. I quickly glanced down at her feet, wondering if she'd traded up with a friend ready to volunteer their pair of tie sneakers. But, when I looked down, the same white velcro runners that she'd left the house with were still on her excited feet.
"What do you mean you practiced tying?"
She gave me that wry smirk, the one she does when she knows that she's got me right where she wants me.
"I tied Ben's shoes today for him, Mom."
"But you just learned how to tie yours yesterday."
"Yeah, well, Ben said he'd always wanted to learn how to tie his shoes, and I told him I'd show him."
We learn . . . in order to teach. We learn to . . . give away our knowledge
Maybe in the hopes of fulfilling someone else's big or small dream.
First, we have to invest in ourselves and know that the time we are taking to prepare, to reflect, to make the bunny loops, and to try again is all necessary for good teaching.
Begin by investing in you.
2015 will be a year full of goodness. I look forward to learning and to teaching whatever I learn. We have a bright new space to do all of this in! I'm investing in you. :) New series, new projects, new collaborations, new books, and even a new shop are on the horizon for the next 12 months. It's going to be pretty fabulous.
Thanks for coming along for the ride.
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