Re: FN# :draft#1:Learning from the child

From: Eugene Matusov
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VisitDate: 00/00/96
Date: 19 Oct 1996
Time: 16:30:28
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Hi Mercedes--

You wrote, "If something didn't work he'd find a new way of entertaining himself. This had a great effect on me. Normally, kids get anxious and annoyed and I feel like I have to do something, which makes me anxious too. This time I could be as calm as Edgar."

I really like your reflection because you described your own learning moment that Edgard showed to you. I also like that reported specifically what Edgard had done in order to deal with the potentially frustrating situation, "The C.D. computer stopped working for us and Maurice and another guy from Barrios Unidos tried to fix it, but it didn't work. Edgar just sat there watching them. He never got upset and after they left he asked if we could restart it one more time to see if it would work and even though I knew it wouldn't I told him how to restart it so he could participate in it all."

Edgrad seemed to try to make best out of any situation rather than to become upset or angry. I think through your learning experience we all can learn that.

Thanks for your keen observation,


PS Kids also learn from observing for we deal with potentially frustrating situations. Do we become upset, angry, complaining, try to make best out of it, or treat as learning experience.