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A Rare Moment

For a few moments today I actually had the joy of feeling like a teacher. I was working one-on-one with Mona on an introduction to division lesson. Mona has severe math anxiety and it interfers with her learning. Today my slow careful patience with her paid off. I got to see her eyes brighten when the light bulb came on — and that’s what I went into teaching for.

Those light bulbs don’t light like they used to. Kids have less and less time to spend on hands on learning. These days everything is pretty much, “repeat after me.”

If you want to hear what else I have to say on this topic, visit my guest post at Belle of the Brawl. I am Sar’s Thursday Guest.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. How lucky of Mona to have you..many, many yrs from now, she will look back and say ahhh, yes, she was the one that made the difference..


    *now,if you can kindly come here and explained it to my kids..math i mean and a bit of all the other subjects too..I’ll set you up with the best bed (don’t ask Cindra about how our house is) and we will have enough hands to pet your kitties and we will keep you warm in the Calgary weather, we like to cuddle..

  2. Jan — thank you for your support here and at the brawl.

    Chana — sounds wonderful. I Like kids and cats and cuddles. I also love teaching math! (I bet my math teachers would faint if they read that.)

  3. I wish Nick had you for a teacher, he got a demerit today for working to slowly. Honest, that is exactly what she said, he was not working fast enough, and she KNOWS he understands, so he got a demerit. Nick is slow by nature. I am so stressed by this.

  4. Lori — I am happy for Mona. She no longer looks as though she might faint when I say, “Math.”

    Nessa — thanx — so am I. I needed the encouragement this week.

    Nea — Nick in fith grade? Send him …

  5. Quilly big thanks, and congrats on your success with Mona and your guest post – I’m so glad you got the light of recognition you earned in both instances.

    Congrats are also in order for your making the caption contest finals this week!

  6. cMum’s a teacher – She complains of the same things. Spends more of her time making charts and tables than actually teaching πŸ˜€

    Nice Post.
    btw: Where is your site layout from? I really like it!

  7. The fact that you still care after all these years, means something, you know…

    in the fell clutch of circumstance
    you have not winced nor cried aloud
    under the bludgeonings of chance
    your head is bloody but unbowed.

    You always did strike me as sort of Invictus-y…

  8. Bhuvi — my template is custom made, check my right sidebar, there’s a link to Pixie, she’s a wiz!

    Jackie — those moments keep me from quitting.

    Jenn — how did you know? When I left my husband and went off to college, I carried that poem in the front of my binder.

    Kyah — thanks. I was suprised I had no opposition. I’m still surprised.

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