I am in Utah with a new grandbaby, but my husband can't come until later. I got a text from him on Sunday:
"I don't understand it. The more sugar I put in the potatoes the saltier it gets.Yikes!"
By the time I got the text, the damage was done and he had to throw out the potatoes that were supposed to go with the roast beef.
What he didn't know was that just before I left, I had filled an empty canister on the counter with a box of salt I had just bought. He assumed because of the size of the container, it was sugar. Sometimes if the potatoes had gotten too salty, adding a little sugar helped. So he kept adding 'sugar' and it kept getting worse!
I thought how that applies to learning. Sometimes we accept false assumptions about how children learn and we think if we just keep doing more of what we are doing, things will improve.
But really ,the problem is we are operating under a false assumption.
That is why it is so important to keep an open heart and to keep learning about how children learn. When you find the right way for your child, the experience should be sweet--just like the potatoes were supposed to be.
Art credit: Girl Peeling Potatoes by Albert Anker