As a daughter and sister of educators, I was (and continually am) pushed to solve problems logically, reasonably and creatively. Never was I just given an answer; I was taught to work for it and find the solution. I married someone who also pushes me often to be a problem-solver. There are almost always multiple ways that a problem can be solved, and I am blessed to be surrounded by people who are happy to talk through probable solutions and weigh the pros and cons of each.
Growing up in a teacher’s household, though, also enlightened me to all the issues that come with an often over-regulated curriculum that does not always cater to each individual’s learning style. Every spring you see the blog posts and status updates cursing standardized testing and the government’s assumption that all children can learn the same way. Kudos to all you amazing teachers out there that continually push and find ways to reach every child in your classroom. I imagine that it isn’t easy!
If your child struggles with the sometimes one-dimensional aspects of school, dance is excellent example of an environment where children can learn that there may be many ways to solve a problem. During improvisation exercises instructors often may say something like, “Work your way from this side of the room to the other and don’t let your feet leave the ground,” or,”Figure out a way to make it across the room in only 10 steps.” There are very few rules or parameters and multiple ways to solve the problem in these kinds of exercises, and it’s exciting to watch children attack it from different angles. Interested in starting your dance journey? Click here.