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In 2009, I wrote about the lessons that I learned from my grandchildren. Those lessons were published in Sam Chaltain’s book Faces of Learning. At that time, my grandchildren were two and four years old. Today, they are five and seven and they continue to teach me a variety of lessons.
Here are the major lessons they have taught me.
- Love is unconditional; even small indiscretions and re-directions do not hinder their love.
- Fairness is number one: there is no gray area between fair and unfair.
- Promises are to keep: a promise is a commitment and children do not forget.
- Colors matter: things must match.
- There is a significant difference between a walk and a hike: they know immediately when that threshold is crossed.
- Once food is ordered there is a timer in their minds: speedy service is paramount - patience has no place in food service.
- Losses by a favorite sports team takes forever to forgive or forget: losses linger and are not always erased with wins.
- Little things matter: and are remembered forever.
- When things are funny they are hilarious: funny is one dimension.
- Learning occurs on their terms: no matter how focused the experience they learn when they are ready and it is relevant.
- Blame is easy to share: others near or far are partially responsible when things go wrong.
It is true that one generation learns from another.
About the author: Terry Pickeral, president Cascade Educational Consultants has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.