Sometimes I forget that my students are learning something for the first time - and just how hard that can be! No wonder they make silly mistakes; the process of learning something totally new can be really overwhelming so we can't see the forest through the trees. I am always grateful for moments in my own life when I am reminded of this fact.
One of these moments happened today. I went to turn on the garbage disposal and I got nothing but a humming noise. I was so frustrated! Eventually, (I have three kids so nothing happens right away) I made it to the computer and googled it (and may I just say - what did people do before the Internet!?!). I found instructions, thought about them for a while, followed them - and guess who fixed the garbage disposal all by herself?!
I am usually the fix-it person in our house. Not because I am any more mechanically inclined than my husband, but because I have the motivation to figure things out (I am the one home most of the time). I also know how to find the information I need. I think that a person (or a student) with motivation and an understanding of how to get the information they need can learn anything!