Lizi has been working on a homeschool language arts lesson the last couple of days which called for her to write an essay. No big deal - intro, 3 paragraphs, closing. But the subject they suggested, and used while walking her through the steps of writing, was of no interest to her. It wasn't a bad subject; it just didn't suit Lizi.
So today, yet another day of plodding on through this thing, I said "You want to do a different subject?" She considered the idea, and we batted around a few alternate subjects. One of those was a hit, and within minutes she had her thesis statement and outline rewritten. The anxiety and misery were gone; now just feverishly tapping keys as her essay took shape.
I thought to myself, now that's the difference between schooling and learning. And it's so very cool to see learning happen. Someday soon she will learn how to write about things she doesn't particularly care about. But for right now, she is loving learning to write this essay, and the teacher (me) is happy with that.