Now that we are back to school after all the holidays and snow days it is an opportunity for all of us to do some things differently. Not many of us can do more than we did in 2013 but maybe a different approach will be more productive and enjoyable. I am specifically thinking about how we teach the children and conversely, how they learn. Many times we are much too general in our thinking about what it is we want for our children to know. A good example is “I want my child to learn to read”. I make the analogy of teaching a teenager how to drive – It is not a simple task and it takes both time and practice. It takes a certain amount of maturity both physically and cognitively to operate the same car that you and I do automatically. We have to start at different levels for different teens and some need more practice than others before moving on to the super highways. Teaching one to read has to be presented with the same attention to detail and broken down to some very basic skills. It is my hope that in 2014 we can teach in a manner that will allow the children to make many small steps forward and eventually enable them to grow by leaps and bounds.
Dr. Brady Fister