Next on my Report Card of Life and things marked as “Needs Improvement”…Learning. I felt like high school was a lot of time spent doing things that would never matter in real life, and I hated high school. I felt like college was everything I was ever going to need in life, and I loved college. And I loved graduate school. And I loved the classes I took after grad school. But I block out the noise and flip the “Ignore” switch if someone tries to teach me how to hold a golf club or explain north, south, east, and west because why do I care?
And thus, you have the summary my self-diagnosed learning disability. (Second opinion from husband confirms.)
I don’t really think I have a disability – Contrary to the definition of a disability, I’m pretty sure I chose mine and practiced it to a craft.
It is one of the big reasons why I am so happy to have resigned from my current position to go back to the classroom. My current (soon to be ex-) job requires me to learn how to do a lot of things that I don’t really care about, and they all make me feel mentally disabled. The things I DO like to learn about in my job all have to do with teaching and learning. I’ll learn about learning all day from Donnalyn Miller, Jeff Anderson, Kelley Gallagher, Penny Kittle, Julie Lythcott-Haims, and just about any Ted Talk I can get my hands on. I love learning about forensic science – that post is coming soon. I love learning about eating right and home decor. But try to show me how to import a document into an Excel template and customize the margins, and you might actually be able to hear the sound of my brain powering-down.
I’m happy that, as I’m writing this, I am firmly reminded that I do still have the superb capacity to learn new things. It’s the learned-stubbornness against things that I rely on others to know that I need to try harder to shed.
*voice in my head* I’m still having a hard time understanding why I need to fix this flaw – I don’t feel like this one affects me or anyone else negatively…Geez, I must really have a lot of work to do on this one.
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