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What a wonderful world this would be…
Spend a little more time listening to those with the most powerful, imaginative and open minds… children.
What a wonderful world this would be, if only we spent a little more time listening to those with the most powerful, imaginative and open minds… children. Standing in a crowd and even out in the open, they can be overlooked. Our natural line of sight and their diminutive stature makes it only possible with eyes wide open. Sometimes it pays to look down and check out what’s happening. Go one step further and get low. Get into their space and try looking up from time to time. I wonder how many perspectives might change.
I am bruised all over with the ridiculous number of times I pinch myself after Elliot challenges my entrenched perceptions.
Just the other day Elliot asked one of those incredible questions that are always there to ask, but not often spilling from the lips of adults. The question itself was something along the lines of, how do our lungs work? Rather than giving a long winded response, I seize on the opportunity to steer it in the direction of Elliot’s bubbling enthusiasm around reading. I volley a brief description of the lungs and follow up by exclaiming his question is exactly the reason that gives rise to learning to read in the first place, as one can start discovering answers to their own powerful questions.
But dad, I already know how to read.
Elliot stops up short and announces, ‘But dad, I already know how to read.’ If only for a lack of vision, I am left feeling like I have walked smack into a transparent glass door. Ouch!
From my vantage point, looking down with my well-trained brain and 15 years of primary teaching experience, I believe that Elliot cannot quite read yet. But from Elliot’s point of view, looking up and beyond, he believes that he indeed can. I did not explore the topic further, instead choosing to acknowledge his submission briefly before trying to readjust my gobsmacked expression.
It is true, Elliot cannot read fluently, apart from trying to sound out a few very basic two and three letter words. But for these very same achievements, it registers with Elliot that he can, which is all that matters.
At the end of the day, it matters very little how many sounds he knows or how many small, simple words he can decode right now. He believes he can read, which is the single most powerful and positive motivator to keep trying.
That and the fact Elliot is six. He has plenty of years ahead of him and thousands of big questions to ask and discover answers for. For my part, it is yet another healthy reminder to keep my eyes, ears and mind completely open. Bravo Elliot, I have learned another very valuable lesson from you.
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