This is what you can do right now to help a resistant learner.
There is no way I could’ve possibly tracked how many pencils my son has broken over the years.
Let’s just say a lot, OK?
It’s his go-to method of shutting down whatever it is we are working on. I honestly think he believes if he snaps the pencil, he will not be able to finish the exercise.
No more pencil. No more writing, right? (Nevermind the borderline hoarder status of my school supply cabinet, filled to the brim with as many writing implements as one can possibly imagine. God as my witness, we will never go without random Staples products again.)
As much as I enjoy homeschooling my two boys and as much as we have been able to accomplish together over the past ten years, the truth is, both of my boys can be resistant and often, downright defiant when it comes to learning.
I have asked myself over and over again – how do I really help a resistant learner actually learn?
They come by it honestly.
Dysgraphia makes writing for my pencil snapping little ninja extremely difficult.
Sensory issues overwhelm my oldest when he is asked to write anything at all.
My hand already hurts.
I can smell the pen.
I can hear the pencil scratching against the paper.
Often, I can actually feel the resistance coming before I even start our learning for the day.
Rather than giving up and going back to bed (which is so tempting sometimes I want to cry) or screaming and yelling (which is also so tempting sometimes I want to cry), I have discovered some tips that help a resistant learner learn.
10 Things You Can Do Right Now To Help A Resistant Learner
Resistance has been an ever present part of our homeschool for the past decade.
I have learned it is a natural element of education in general, and particularly present when your children have learning differences and additional needs.
With this in mind, I have but together a new free parent resource – 10 Things You Can Do Right Now To Help A Resistant Learner.
This is a compilation of all my best tips and tricks to help you immediately tackle resistance in your home and help your child more effectively learn.
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Shawna Wingert is a former training and development professional turned education specialist, and has homeschooled her two children for the last ten years.Shawna has written four books about homeschooling unique learners and has been featured in homeschooling discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, Simple Homeschool, My Little Poppies and Raising Lifelong Leaners.
You can find her online here at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.