I have a free book to giveaway: Wendy Roberts' The Remains of the Dead. It's autographed, just for me to give away on my blog (eight months ago--*blush*).
How about this? If you want to be entered into the drawing, just say "enter me!" at the end of your comment.
The series is fabulous: It's about the owner of a crime scene clean up company who can see dead people, specifically the victims.
(I just got rid of another three bags of books to donate. How did I accumulate so many books? My shelves are still full, and I've gotten rid of 7 big black bags.)
Anyway, I find it fascinating in piano teaching: I can go through a whole piece and stuff it in their memory in forty minutes of their lesson, and yet some students can practice for hours and not get it at home. Even after they did it in the lesson.
And I've got a couple very talented fifth-graders who are struggling to do a bit of technique that takes a couple second-graders 15 minutes, that takes other fourth- and fifth-graders 15 minutes, but they can't seem to do it in 40.
It's really sort of bizarre to me. For something that takes us 5 minutes in a lesson can take 40 minutes by themselves. And I'm a Look It Up in the Dictionary type teacher. I never show them anything.
So it continues to perplex me.
My latest theory is the fact that I KNOW they can. Without a doubt. Not a single doubt. Not even the foggiest.
They, on the other hand, fear they can't. Their parents aren't sure they can, are worried whether they can or not. They're "first children," so there's a bit of a disadvantage: they haven't seen an older brother or sister do it before, so no one's showed them it's possible. So it's harder. MUCH harder.
That's my theory. I don't know. I really don't know.
Piano lessons are private, so we go at the student's pace. (Or mine, LOL.) And it continues to amaze me how they can limit themselves severely and hold themselves back, simply by what they believe (or don't believe) they can do.
On another note, I thought I'd leave you with this shining example of the Republican philosophy. I think this video speaks well to the Republican approach to the world. Am I wrong?