How do you learn best? Oral, visual, tactical, combination? Most people probably learn in a combination of ways, but I’m finding myself more in the visual camp. As an example, when we had a guest church choir director for 3 weeks (JD Steele), he taught us via the rote method. After all the years of reading music, this was extremely difficult for me. (Small comfort, others did also.) I like taking a class on how to use new-to-me software. I am not an experimenter.
When you get a product (like a desk) that comes in a box, do you follow all the directions exactly (lay out all the pieces to confirm you have all the parts, follow the directions of Step 1 followed by 2, 3, etc.) or do you just start putting the product together? I am the former as is my husband though my son is the latter who puts up with me. Early on in the course I put a ‘chore’ on my card that really wasn’t that simple so it didn’t get done. Unbelievably, I have tripped over that and felt like I had failed and subsequent weeks struggled with that small activity.
And then a few weeks later, an activity was added that took me way longer than the course probably budgets for due to my total inexperience with that technology. And then the next week was another technology item that I had zero experience for. I wanted someone sitting right next to me showing what to do next! And then came an invitation to spent an optional 30-60 minutes on a weekly group discussion. Oh, and then there is the need to make online comments and Tweet.
I am so overwhelmed that I have shut-down!
This isn’t a very positive post (okay, it is quite negative!), but it is where I am at this moment in time. Should I have not blogged but waited for this to possibly pass by?
I will head off to church in an hour to join in the weekly community meal (yeah to not have to cook!) and then attend an Advent service followed by choir rehearsal. I will smile, converse with others, ask people questions so they talk and feel important. I will be filled with peace by the service and by the words and physical action of singing.
And tomorrow will be a new day.