Homeschool Makeover - #4
Today we’ll look at the role of enthusiasm in learning and teaching. Think back to a time when you were excited about learning something, and continued to be excited throuh the whole proces. What created this enthusiasm? Did it come from within? Did someone encourage you? Was it the subject matter, the timing, the pure pleasure of learning?
Enthusiasm is contagious, but it can also be suffocating. As parents and teachers, being enthusiastic about learning and life is key to providing a role model of learning for our children. If we are enthusiastic, they will be too. But if our enthusiasm translates into pressure, it can turn our kids off to learning all together, or, even worse, their learning becomes not for them, but for us.
In the comments here, on your blog, or in your journal, consider how the people in your family show enthusiasm for learning. Where does your enthusiasm come from, and how do you translate that for your kids? How do your kids react to your enthusiasm. How do you feel if they don’t respond? What is your experience in your life with people around you who are enthusiastic? And, finally, does enthusiasm make you a more effective learner?
This is part 4 of a series for giving ourselves a homeschool makeover. These are the other questions. Click on the links to see what others have said.
Question #1 - Where will you be a year from now?
Question #2 - What is success?
Question #3 - What is the role of failure in learning?
Question #5 - What was your education like?
Question #6 - Assessing our tools.
Question #7 - Are you happy?