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Poem: "The Doors of the Mind"
This poem came out of the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "boredom" square in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days Bingo Fest.


"The Doors of the Mind"


Boredom closes a door in the mind,
creating a barrier to education.

Nobody wants to suffer through
"being taught" things that they
already know, over and over.

Yet even those who don't know
will struggle to learn things
which are stultifying and
provide neither pleasure
nor practical application.

The twice-exceptional
are bored both ways,
by what they already know
and what they can't understand.

The English language learners
just get lost in translation.

Interest opens the door
that boredom closes.

It is sunlight flung
into a dark room,
illuminating everything.

Even if the student can't
understand the concepts --
yet -- they are there to be
seen and explored.

Interest is the lure
that encourages them
to look closer, to find out
more than the first glance,
and in digging through jumbles
of interesting facts and fictions,

the students will learn.

A teacher may end up
with students who have
widely varied learning styles --
kinetic, visual, written, and so on --
along with exceptional abilities.

If the teacher finds ways
to accommodate each of them,
the students will not only learn from
the teacher, but from each other,
enriching everyone's experience
and promoting tolerance too.

Sometimes a teacher's style
is so dull that it makes it hard
to learn things that a student
is already interested in -- and
a good teacher's enthusiasm
can spark interest in new things,
even outside a student's usual taste.

The schools are full of teachers
and students, the good and the bad,
who all have to get along somehow,
and hopefully learn something as
they move through the year.

In the end, it comes down
to one fundamental rule:

in order to teach, you
must first learn how
to open doors.

* * *

Notes:

Boredom actually turns down the brain. This causes problems not just in learning but also in health. Here are some ways to fight boredom in schools.

Twice-exceptional students need extra help to stimulate their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.

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