Show and Tell

This is in response to Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment. You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else does it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself? 
From time to time, at work, we are cross trained and switch duties.  
At the beginning of this year, I switched duties with someone in our team.  As for teachable moments, all of the above is how I learn.  Just reading the “how to manual of procedures” doesn’t cut it, because the manual is written after the fact that it has been tried. 
Even people in higher level, when I explain a certain process to them, I’m asked “show me”.  If nobody shows me the proper process, I am bound to make mistakes at work.  And I could easily say “not my fault, I wasn’t trained or nobody told me”.  I dislike saying this statement; therefore, all of the above.  Show and tell; then read the manual. 
I just remembered a beautiful poem about when children learn and here it is: 
Children Learn What They Live 
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilt
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident
If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves
If a child lives with honesty, he learns what truth is
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice
If children live with recognition, they learn to have a goal
If children live with sharing, they learn to be generous
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and those about him
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns the world is a nice place in which to live 

Source: Circle of Moms


23 thoughts on “Show and Tell

  1. As my friend Seeker and some of you know I am teaching a group of under 11’s photography, also teaching how to manipulate images using free online software called Sumo Paint, because the education authority are so tight with their money or refuse to install free software. Now because I am not ‘allowed’ into school this week ( Please read to find out why) I have left a message for the person who will take my class. I teach through play, giving the very basic of instruction such as ” Go to Sumo paint, click file – open – choose a photo. Your tools are down the left hand side now play and see what it does”
    I could stand for 4 weeks explaining what things do, children don’t want to sit and listen when there is a new toy to play with.
    If they get stuck they can ask, but I would rather watch them laugh, giggle, chat to each other about what they are doing, more importantly teaching each other, one child learns something and shares it with the other and they love it, they also love the way I teach.
    For myself I never read instruction books, I jump in feet first and learn, I call it soft learning, instruction books are hard learning………ssshhhh don’t tell anyone I hate hard learning, soft learning is so much fun, 🙂

  2. We are all learners, but I wonder how many of us really sit down and think how we actually learn.
    I taught for many years and our plans had to show different learning style techniques to reach the different children. This was not always easy to do.

    It did make me become more aware of the way I learn. And of course there is not one clear path. I do know that if I copied my course notes over and over several times, I retained the info better than just rereading.

    Maybe there is something to a teacher having a student write:

    I will not xxxxxxx a hundred times. lol

    Would have worked for me. 🙂

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

    • I remember writing 100 times on the blackboard in front of the class because I was a naughty little girl. And what did I learn, good pen man shift. Your welcome.

  3. i pray we can teach not only the children but ourselves as well that what we give to others will return back to the world either in a good way or bad. well done, Seeker. ❤

    • It’s fun to learn. I sure hope parents will read the post. I found it in the Circle of Moms site. It’s not just for parents, it is also useful tool for adults on how to care for children. 😀

    • Yay, you are far advance than me judging by the presentation of your blog. I’m teaching myself on how to write a text around a picture, I think it’s going to be a long process for me. Must go back to night school. Hmm. 😦

      • I normally just cut and past from the document and upload some pictures. I’m sure there is a better way to do it. I still have yet to learn about app TK.

      • Here’s what I usually do. I click on “New Post” to the left of my name on the top. From there, I click on “text”. I put in the title and some text, then click “save draft”. Then, going back to my main page, I click on the “stats” . From there, I click on “view drafts”, and “edit”. I finish my post. When I insert a photo, I just decide on “left” “right””middle” … and wordpress does the work of inserting text around picture.
        I’m sure there is a simpler way, but this is how I’ve been doing it. The only time I do it differently, is when I can get a hold of a friend’s iPad, then I use the WordPress App for the text.

  4. I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful old poem I haven’t seen in years. It is wise and worth remembering. This is a delightful post, and I am so grateful 🙂 Hugs, Gina

    • Peace be with you Gina. Yes, this poem is old time favourite. I have to rack my brain for the title on this one. Good thing we have search engines now. 😀 Glad to share it. xox Perpetua

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