At the end of each day I reflect on my position on this planet.
As I started this blog journey, deciding to take the platform of student and teacher daily, my lens has been broadened. Much of my time I spend learning, I am learning how to embrace aspects of technology, I am learning how to participate in yoga, I am learning various assessments for children, I am learning about different cultures, and so on?
Am I ever a teacher? I work in the early childhood arena, constantly teaching the fundamentals of life. Often adults make the assumptions about what others know and therefore do not know. We are constantly sizing people up with their abilities: based on age, clothing, ethnic background, physical ability, and where we meet them. Well today while using the public library’s computers, a young lady appeared frazzled, she had a visitor library card. I spend much of my time working at the library, and watched her take the “walk of shame” to the librarians desk to ask questions about the computers. Looking over at her, I gave her a “you can do it smile”. She responded, “I don’t want to ask them again.” …Our short conversation, included, “It is their job.” (Now I can truly be empathetic to this walk). I was able to show her how to add money to her card to print, use the printer, and e-mail from the copy machine. Yes, another fundamental skill that she can use to change her daily behavior. Each day we can assume that others know or do not know, each day we can stop and help another person with some fundamental skill. Or we can let them walk unknowing.