Hello dear readers, coming to you on the 10th day of the month for 10 on the 10th 08.2021. Last month, we talked about our 10 favorite summer foods. Find that post – with recipes – here. The month before we answered 10 questions all about summer. The theme for August is appropriate for back to school. Today we are answering 10 questions about life long learning.
10 ON THE 10TH
Has your community returned to school yet for the new year? Our poor babies in El Paso began on 08.02.2021. So Lucia has been in kinder over a week now. Cady, in Ft. Worth, starts on Thursday. The kids in my sister’s school district in Houston don’t start for another week. So crazy that there is such a difference in starting dates this year. Our school district is moving toward a year-round school model, though, which explains our early start.
Speaking of starting…let’s start this post!!
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10 ON THE 10TH 08.2021
Today’s post is about lifelong learning. Here are the questions I posed for everyone. And my answers.
- How old were you when you started school? Did you attend pre-kinder and/or kinder or go straight into first grade? I started school, kindergarten, when I was 4 years old. Our neighborhood school was just being built so I rode a school bus across town to another elementary school for kindergarten. I was so small that the bus driver had to lift me onto and off of the bus.
- Were you a good student? What was your favorite subject? I was a pretty good student overall. Really struggled with math and never was better than average – whatever that is – in math related subjects. My strongest subjects were English and history. My favorite subjects were English, history and art.
- As a child, did you take music lessons? Or play a sport? Do you still play an instrument now? I took piano lessons for a couple of years in middle school. Never played a team sport. I did enjoy playing tennis for fun and in the summer, would walk to the tennis courts a couple of miles from our house to play with my sister or friends. I bought a keyboard after retiring and planned to take up playing again but haven’t done much of anything with it. Need to pull it out from under the bed, dust it off and try it again.
- Did you attend any kind of training or classes beyond high school? If so, what did you study? Did you wind up working in a profession or job for which those classes or training prepared you? I went to college. First a small, private liberal arts college in my hometown of Memphis for my freshman year while I had short-lived aspirations of being an Appalachian Mountains pediatrician. Then I transferred across state to Knoxville and the University of Tennessee. I sampled quite a number of majors before almost exhausting the college money my sweet parents had saved for me. Wound up majoring in art education with almost a second major in library science. I never officially taught art (except for a few minutes after retirement) but worked for over 25 years as a librarian. One summer during college, my mother insisted I accompany her to a continuing ed typing class at a nearby high school. I kicked and screamed the whole time. I was a very proficient and speedy typist on a manual typewriter (and knew shorthand) so I couldn’t fathom why I would need to learn to type on an electric typewriter. Thank goodness, for my mother’s foresight!
- Have you taken any personal growth or adult education classes for fun? During the year that was Covid, did you home school, learn a new app to work from home, teach yourself to do something you might have paid someone else to do for you? I have taken a couple of adult education classes in my adulthood. PC and I took a country dancing class together. Through our excellent community college (EPCC) continuing ed department, I signed up for beginning piano but the class didn’t ‘make.’ Have taken painting and mosaic classes, too. During Covid, I learned how to finish my pretty substantial glass mosaic. Also became a little more WordPress savvy out of necessity.
- What would you like to learn how to do that you don’t know how to do already? I would like to learn more about photography but in a hands-on course where we take photos with the instructor’s guidance. Would love to take another country dancing or line dancing class and then DANCE!! Pick up the piano again. Maybe water color painting. This EPCC blogging and podcasting course might be fun. Our community college also has senior adult programming that offers classes for free.
- Name something that you learned easily. Then name something that was a struggle for you to learn to do. I learned calligraphy and shorthand easily. Shorthand felt like a form of art or drawing to me. The same with calligraphy. Instead of writing the letters, I felt like I was drawing them. Learning Spanish came fairly easy to me, too, once I remembered the sounds the vowels make. The ability to speak Spanish was kind of a necessity in order for me to communicate while we lived in Panama. Learning to swim was a struggle. Probably had at least 3 rounds of swimming lessons at various times of my childhood. I can swim now but not well, and certainly not correctly. It’s that pesky breathing that throws me off. If I swim with a goggle and snorkel, I can swim for days.
- What’s the last thing you remember learning? What kind of learner are you: visual, auditory, hands-on/kinesthetic, verbal, logical/mathematical? It’s funny, I always considered myself a visual learner. But when I was looking up the learning styles to list here in this question, I realized I am actually more of a kinesthetic learner. Hands-on. I do okay watching a video on how to do something but even better if I can do whatever it is hands-on at the same time. Hmm, the last thing I remember learning…how to put an ad on my blog??
- Hard to teach an old dog new tricks, school of hard knocks, pass with flying colors, learn by heart, burn the midnight oil, pull an all-nighter, play hooky – which of these expression best fits your life lately? Why? Probably no surprise that the expression ‘hard to teach an old dog new tricks’ most resonates with me right now. I am currently wrestling with returning my blog to its original direction and focus…life after retirement. And I am grappling at doing so. Joining others for their link-ups requires less thought. Opening myself up and sharing my struggles means I have to be more vulnerable. That is hard. Trying to figure out what I should be doing right now, what my purpose is, is also quite difficult. Somedays this old dog just wants to lie down and play dead.
- What is something you’ve learned from past mistakes? To try to put myself in other people’s shoes. To see things from others’ points of view. Often things work out better if I step away or step back for a moment and then return to whatever it is.
- Bonus: Share your favorite learning/education quote. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
In answering these questions, I checked the community college fall catalog for courses I might be interested in trying. The blogging and podcasting course in their personal enrichment program sounds good. Although, I think I am comfortable with most of the mechanics of blogging already. I would like to feel comfortable trying my hand at Instagram videos or reels or whatever they are. And maybe podcasting!?!
What the most recent thing you have learned to do? What is something you struggled to learn? Are you a lifelong learner? Please let me know in a comment below. Or link up your 10 on the 10th post with me so I know to stop by to read your answers to this month’s questions.
Can you believe we are already on our way to September? And with that month comes the 20th anniversary of 9-11. I am currently reading a book entitled The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of September 11, 2001 by Garrett M. Graf. It has been a heart-wrenching read. But I am learning so much that I never knew about that horrific, historic day. All of this to say, our theme for the September edition of 10 on the 10th will be 10 thought and/or memories about 9-11. I hope you will share where you were when you first heard about the terrorist attacks on our country, how your life may have changed over the days that followed, and your thoughts on this 20th anniversary.
Enjoying a quiet day at home. Haven’t heard anything more about subbing but have about decided I would rather not do it!! We’ll see what happens. What are you up to today? Thanks for carving out a few minutes to stop by and visit. I appreciate your friendship.
Hugs and kisses,