Every once in awhile life throws you a curveball. You're trucking along, getting everything done that needs to be done, doing everything the way you usually do and then...BAM! Well that's what recently happened to me.
I teach swim lessons at a local healthclub in the area. I've been teaching there for over a year, but have been teaching swim lessons all over for the past 12 years. So at this point, teaching swimming is second nature. I usually don't have to plan the lesson ahead of time because I know my lesson plan exactly and just what I want to do with each little learn-to-swimmer.
And then I met Kyle (*name changed for privacy since i'm sure his parents read the blog...psych). Kyle is an adorable little guy and has crazy energy. He started to break away at all of my tried and true tactics one by one. I realized quickly that I couldn't teach Kyle the way I taught other kids. I would actually have to put my swimming skills to use rather than just hit cruise-control on my teaching.
That's when Kyle and I developed a lesson plan together. One that he could see and understand. He was able to see the tasks that he needed to accomplish in order to finish the lesson. After we completed each skill we could place a check next to it.
The whole situation got me thinking that many times in life it is so easy to get stuck on cruise-control and get frustrated at why people aren't fitting into the mold we've created. When in actuality, we may have to adjust to meet other people's needs and ultimately accomplish the end goal.
Leave it to a 4 year old to re-emphasize some of life's biggest lessons!
Happy Hump Day!