The Simple Interactions That Make Learning Possible (Part Two)

What makes us try new things, especially when new things do not come easily? What makes us stick with challenges when we can see that others appear better and faster?

Persistence, or grit, or stick-to-it-ness develops in us through enriching interactions with those near us, especially when we are trying, failing, and struggling. Fred Rogers often talked about the importance of grown-ups in helping children develop effort and persistence:

Above all, I think that the willingness and the courage to keep on trying develops best if there is someone close by who can lend us some of the strength we do not yet have within ourselves.

I don’t mean someone who will do a task for us, but rather someone who will share our times of trying just by being around and being supportive, someone who can sustain the belief that we can succeed even when we doubt it ourselves. We all need quiet, caring cheerleaders like that — grown-ups as well as children.

In many Remake Learning settings, grown-ups often spend time with children in the process of “making.” With their curious, gentle, engaging, and quiet presence, these grown-up makers can create wonderful opportunities for learning.

To read part two, please visit the Remake Learning Blog.

Photo: Ben Folio

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