Me: Is there something that I can do to help?
"Bunker Defense Mechanism" (BDM): No. I don't get it.
Me: Well, where are you stuck?
Me: Alright, what is the last thing you remember doing in the process?
BDM: Nothing. I hate/suck at/don't get __________
In education, we get upset when kids are happy with getting a grade of their choice and then shutting down. We rack our brain trying to figure out what to do with the students who walk through our doors and have a fixed mindset. Then we roll into a professional development and close ourselves off to the presenter as if what he/she is saying has no relevance to our profession. There is a sad similarity in these two cases and quite ironic.
I went to college to learn about math, not just to get a degree. When that degree was mailed to me (skipped the graduation, long story), it was not this sigh of relief that learning had finally culminated. I can only hope that we don't settle for a piece of paper as the end of our journey.