Learning in a positive environment
You see, although I am truly focussed and trying my best there are times when I don't fully comprehend my physio's instructions. Although I've undertaken some exercises multiple times there are occasions when I stare blankly at the physio and say, "Sorry, can you remind me what that exercise is?" I often ask for re-assurance that I'm holding the posture correctly in familiar exercises or I clarify the number of repetitions. Sometimes, believe it or not, I even get confused between my right and left foot!
Fortunately for me, the classroom environment is calm and my teacher is supportive. It really is ok to make mistakes! And because of my teacher's guidance, patience and encouragement I can laugh at myself and persist with my learning. And, yes, surprisingly, I am making progress!
I can't help but think about teaching and parenting when I 'stuff up' at pilates. My experience is not any different to any other learner, no matter the age. We all have times when we forget even though we've already been shown not once but multiple times. We all follow the wrong sequence occasionally or need prompting to complete tasks accurately. We all need support and encouragement to keep us on track and continuing to 'have a go.' Thankfully, all those ingredients are present at my class and that's why I'm still a student of pilates!
Next time our children struggle to remember the steps in making their beds, identifying new words in their reading, getting dressed, kicking the football or writing a narrative we need to remind ourselves how we felt when we last learned a new task. Reflecting on our experiences as a learner might just change our perspective, increase our patience and remind us to affirm and encourage our learners.
If you haven't learnt something new lately, try pilates, it really is good fun!