takes up time from the life we want to lead?
I'm working hard at making that not happen, or happen as little as possible, but sometimes.....
Onto other topics.
When I'm teaching I find that possibly the single most important attribute a student can bring to class, the single biggest indicator of long-term success and, normally, short-term enjoyment, is an open-minded faith in their ability to learn.
These people, however long it takes them, get there. They are willing to try other ways of looking at things, other ways to try and learn and they are able to overcome confusion and difficulties. They often have a good sense of humour and a sense of perspective about what they can and can't get out of a class.
Some of them are brilliant students, but some of them are sloggers. For those, it doesn't come easy, their speed or manner of learning is arduous, they may have to work twice as hard, or five times as hard as the average student, but with this faith in themselves as learners, be they kids (most kids have this built in tight) or teens or adults or seniors, they get there in the end and enjoy the ride on the whole.
They are also a whole lot more fun to teach - though that would seem to be beside the point.
This does make me wonder where in our education systems we go wrong that so many people leave thinking that they either CANNOT learn something, or that it isn't worth the effort of trying. You'd think the teachers would be motivated if nothing else, the class is simply much more fun with these folks in the room. Honestly.
Well, that's my bit. Keep the faith folks.