I just got back from a 4-day 3-night trip to Washington, D.C. with our 8th graders. We had a great time, but as always, the trip required a great deal of patience as we stood in line for security at almost every location. The kids did ok with it. They enjoyed standing and talking to their friends for what seemed like hours to me.
Yes, I will admit it….I am not the most patient person.
Yet, the one thing I have probably heard more than anything in my 16 years of teaching special education is “You must be so patient!”
Patience is a virtue. One that I must work on every single day.
I must have patience with my students who struggle to read, to write, to stay organized, to behave…
I must have patience with my children at home…which after a long day at work is not always easy.
I must have patience as a consumer, a patient, a driver, a colleague, a friend, a daughter, and a sister….
And I must have patience with myself…. This is perhaps the hardest of all.
I am the kind of person that learns about something at a workshop and wants to implement it the very next day….to perfection.
I am the kind of person that wants to dive in headfirst and swim to the finish line without coming up for air.
I am the kind of person who wants answers right now so I can start working on solutions.
I am the kind of person who wants to use her blog to share big ideas, have dozens of followers and make a difference.
However, I’m figuring out the hard way that learning takes time.
I have to be patient and find what works for me when it comes to blogging and developing this blog to its full potential. One of my biggest hurdles is trying to figure out the differences between my iPad, my iPhone, and my MacBook when it comes to using WordPress. Last weekend I was so frustrated as I repeatedly made mistakes simply because I was new and learning how to use the program. My kids were sitting at the dining room table (one reading and one drawing) as I lost a draft for the 3rd time in a row. :::::insert grumble, moan, and impatient groan here::::::::: It was a good opportunity for me to keep my cool and not lose it, but also a good opportunity for me to teach them a lesson in patience. I made it a point to show them the final published post and tell them how pleased I was with it and how it made me feel to have figured it out.
The lesson I hopefully taught: Success comes with time, practice, failure, and a lot of patience.
Please be patient with me as I learn the ropes here.
Do you have extreme patience?
Are you lacking in the patience department?
Do you have any helpful advice to a newcomer?