Zionsville Times Sentinel

March 5, 2014

Slow learners need not apply


Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — One of my coworkers was training a new person last week, and the new person didn’t appear to be gathering the new information very quickly. Listening to them made me realize two things: First, I am extremely glad I didn’t become a teacher. Second, and perhaps most important, I am thankful my children are quick learners. I never gave much thought to teaching people new things because, as the youngest member of my family, I was at the bottom of the knowledge totem pole and no one needed or wanted my expertise. Then I became a mom. There were days when I just wanted to tell Eldest to go away and stop asking questions for a minute. Then I would remember that her constant questions and curiosity were good things and there were moms out there who would switch places with me in a heartbeat. So I answered a bajillion questions a day and tried to be patient when little hands weren’t able to do things as quickly as my big, experienced ones. After many years of being a mother and constant teacher, I toyed with the idea of getting my teaching license. Then I became a Girl Scout leader and had eight little people to teach about the world of scouting. Six of them were bright and learned new tasks and crafty things quickly. They were so much fun. The other two were sweet, but slow and not very handy with crafts. I think I did a pretty good job of working with them because they stayed with me for several years, but that experience made me realize how very much I would dislike being a teacher. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.