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Investigate your interests and personality (teaching style).

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SignpostFeeling so overworked by job and parenting that you've forgotten what really interests you? Think back to your childhood and recall what you loved to do, the things you did without being asked or told. Did you love to read? Write? Draw? Play with mud? Playact in front of the mirror? Perhaps you would feel young again if you had a book club, took a writing class, learned ceramics or joined a community theater? Just as your child will be more enthusiastic about learning something he or she already loves, so you will be more enthusiastic about teaching something that you already love. If you love photography, you can teach it to your child. And you can also teach math, science, art, history, and reading, all though photography (or any subject that you or your child feel passionately about).

One parent's comments: "One of the things that has helped me the most in teaching is the realization that when I'm excited about a subject, my kids get excited, too. So if they're interested in American history, I use that opportunity to read something for *me* on the topic. Then I find myself instinctively interjecting all the cool stuff I've learned into the course of conversation... and my kids get it that learning is a lifelong adventure, because they see that I'm still learning."
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Teaching Style

Just as we each have a learning style, we also each have a teaching style. Find out what yours is. When your teaching style is different from your student's learning style, accommodations need to be made for a successful relationship to ensue. To find out your learning or teaching style, you can take a simple quiz in the book: Discover Your Child's Learning Style, by Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle-Hodson, which also offers practical advice.

Here's a useful article on Learning Styles and Strategiesfrom Professor Richard M. Felder, North Carolina State University.

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