One way that I am prepping to get back into teacher mode is through teaching something other than social studies.
Over the course of the past week, I have been trying to help my boyfriend learn how to use a smartphone. He has had an ancient phone since 2000 and has questions about the phone that I had never imagined.
Going to the store with him to buy the phone was really trying on the patience. He was so lost when it came to the features he wanted and to what the phones could do. He also wanted to have an earpiece that only had one earplug. I tried to explain to him that so many people use the phones for music that they don't make the ones with one ear anymore.
He didn't believe me.
He has come a long way in a week.
He actually uses the phone for some internet searches. And is even using the Dropbox on his phone to be able to send documents right away to any work-related people.
He is still annoyed, like many of us, that the phone comes with so many apps that cannot be erased off the phone. He worries that it is sucking up too much memory and will make his phone run slower.
It has all been a lesson to help me get back into the mode of working with people who do not understand the content and may have no prior knowledge to use to help learn, let alone master, a topic.
It has been trying, yet has brought us closer together since I don't have to be the one to look up his email on my phone when we are on the go. LOL!!