On our Sunday morning walk to church, the boys like to play "Green Light, Red Light." They'll take off running and when they approach a driveway or just get too far out front, we'll yell, "Red Light!" and they stop. We've incorporated blinkers and windshield wipers, but I digress.
Jabin, our two-year-old, wants to be a big boy and run with his brothers. He hears "Green Light" and takes off. He hears, "Red Light" and keeps going.
I'm thinking to myself, "What's wrong with this kid?" so I yell, "Stop!" and he stops.
My wife was a kindergarten teacher before we started having children and she informed me that Jabin understands the "Light!" command but doesn't distinguish the colors.
Light means run. Stop means stop.
It's that simple.
How often do I think my students can understand the nuance of something I see as being so simple?
I see 2x and think two times x and they may see 2x and think twenty-something.
Man, what I say and what they hear may be worlds apart.