Truly fascinating episode of Hidden Brain, regarding the use of clickers to teach humans. I’ve been going through the frustrations described here as I try and teach my five year old different things. I’ve realised that with Zane he sometimes has to learn from his own mistakes, as no amount of talking will do that. The latest is how to hold and use a pencil. It’s not until he’s started to develop a calus on his hand (from drawing!) that he is considering listening about maybe changing the way he holds the pencil.

He’s also been using the term “I can’t” a lot recently, which I try and discourage by telling him that he hasn’t even tried yet. I should change my approach, as I clearly lack some empathy of understanding what he’s going through.