For beginners, everything feels like a new a course of instruction. To relate extensively with the new existence, beginners must learn the fundamentals of this new reality which could be a new environment, person, place, thing or item, a new job, a new food and lots more. A beginner is a person who relates with a thing as though its a first time.
The reality is that we run out of patience with beginners especially children. Therefore, this conception will be our focus.We will all make mistakes, because we’re human, and that’s perfectly OK. When your patience evaporates, you have the opportunity to repair and reconnect with the beginner. When we start unraveling, we’re more likely to snap at our kids and say things we regret. We’re more likely to yell and criticize. We’re more likely to erupt and shatter, sometimes not even recognizing ourselves. Our patience can wear thin with pressure and big expectations from kids but we fail to realize that they are beginners. They haven’t fully grasped the course of instruction. Patience is vital because it’s part of creating a deep, meaningful connection with beginners. Having a warm, flexible, responsive connection to them is fundamental to virtually every aspect of teaching the beginner. Beginners especially toddlers really aren’t plotting to destroy your home or test your sanity. They’re merely trying to figure out a very big, very complicated world through trial and error and exploration. They are actually counting on you for leadership. Instead of reacting rashly to their behavior, take a
proactive approach by pinpointing trouble spots and finding solutions.
ABOUT NEW BEGINNINGS
- Opening our minds to a new thing or a new way of thinking is often frightening because by definition it’s unfamiliar. Unfamiliarity often rings the alarm bell “danger—potentially unsafe so we all should understand how new existence feels to a beginner.
- Trying something new often requires courage. And needing to summon courage is itself a benefit. Once it’s released it will make the beginner curious about understanding the newness till it all becomes familiar but once removed, anger, indiscriminately engulf everything in its path. You can imagine how wonderful it is to open a flood of courage and be carried on its waves of destinations of unexpected benefit. Mastery — in this case, understanding that case — leads to confidence. Confidence increases a willingness to act on curiosity — to explore, discover, and learn.
- The more curious a beginner is, the more he learns. Nurturing this curiosity is one of the most important ways you can help him become a lifelong learner. Curiosity is the desire to learn. It is an eagerness to explore, discover and figure things out.
- People may often feel irritated while answering the numerous questions beginners come up with. But it is necessary to understand that for a beginner, everything around him/ her is new, and hence exciting. This latent inquisitiveness of beginner leaves them awestruck at almost everything they look at. Remember, beginners are naturally curious from early infancy.
- A beginner is always actively seeking answers. This curiosity propels them towards unraveling the mysteries of daily life.
- One thing is peculiar to beginners and it is growth which is out of understanding. Trying something new forces you to grow. We don’t ever grow from taking action we’ve always taken (the growth that enabled us to be able to take it has already occurred). Growth seems to require we take new action first , whether it’s adopting a new attitude or a new way of thinking, or literally taking new action. Thrusting yourself into new situations and leaving yourself there alone, so to speak, often forces beneficial change. A life of constant self-challenge keeps you humble and open to new ideas that very well may be better than the ones you currently hold dear (this happens to me all the time).
Learning for beginners will be easier if curiosity is not suppressed. Curiosity should never be suppressed or else it can have an adverse impact on the beginner’s development especially if such beginner is a child. You simply can’t keep a child from grabbing, touching, hitting, gnawing and drooling on everything they can reach. Teach them to be flexible thinkers and doers. Encourage the curious side of beginners around you and watch them grow into knowledgeable and mature individuals!
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