I love this video! It is great advice from an exceptional teacher.
Here are some of the lessons that she has taught me!
- ‘Teaching is the best job because of the relationships you establish and the influence you can have. That is what you are there for’.
2. ‘A lot of time you can learn as much from the kids as they do from you’.
3. The highs are so much better than the lows you are going to experience’.
4. ‘It is a learning experience for you and its going to be every year that you teach’.
‘The power of teaching is that you can and do influence so many other lives. You are not there to impart facts and figures. The whole thing is to foster relationships with people’.
We live in a world where we are so consumed with technology. When I was a child, I played outside and made the best memories. Many children today do not enjoy playing unless it is on an ipad.
However, it is not just children who are guilty! We constantly check Snapchat and Instagram and Facebook. We obsess about others peoples lives and we constantly COMPARE ourselves to others. We do not fully appreciate our own lives.
We have become robots!
You cannot truly bond with someone when you are glued to your phone/ipad/laptop. When something happens, we take our phones to record it. How can we fully be present in the moment if we are on our phones? Always look around you. Be mindful. Fully absorb everything around you. Make memories! The best experiences are the experiences you could not take a picture because you were enjoying life too much.
When you are your deathbed, you will not be thinking about technology but rather your favourite memories!
You can use this content in SPHE or non exam LC religion or in Section D in Junior Certificate Religion!
What is the meaning of life? Is it to be consumed by technology?
Am I addicted to my phone? Here are some signs to look out for:
- You check it when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed.
- If it is not in your hand, you get anxious.
- Hours pass while you are on your phone.
- If your battery goes below 30 per cent, you panic!
- You use your phone on the toilet!
- You use your phone while talking to someone.
- You sleep with your phone on your nightstand or beside you in bed.
- You have a lot of apps!
- Turning your phone off on a flight gives you serious FOMO. (Fear of missing out)
- The idea of leaving your phone in a repair shop freaks you out!
- You think you can listen and text and talk and text but you cannot!
Now here are some tips to beat the smartphone addiction:
Turn your phone off an hour before you go to bed.
Do not use your phone while talking to someone.
Do not use your phone as an alarm clock. Get an alarm clock!
No devices at meals.
Have family rules about technology.
The first 30 minutes of your day should be about preparing yourself for a good day. Get up! Eat breakfast! Shower! Dress yourself! Start your day with positive actions.
Create no-phones zones.
Turn your phone off in the car.
My advice to you now is to look up from your phone and really be present!
This is a really importance lesson that we must teach our students!
This is a great video clip for an online generation. We are slaves to technology.
‘We are a bunch of idiots with smart phones’.
I love this image! It conveys a lady who is relaxed and fully absorbing what is happening. I love how happy she looks! She is not looking down at her phone or worrying about not dropping her phone or if her phone battery is low.
She is a wonderful example of how to fully live in the moment! She shows us how to be mindful and how to be present!
Christmas has become so commercialised! It is important to remember what is really important! It is important to teach our students what truly matters and to always be grateful. Christmas is a hard time for some people too. You never know what someone is going through! Check up on those who you think are struggling. It will mean more to them than you will ever realise!
Always be kind to others and be grateful for everything that you have. Christmas time is really about the religious significance but it is also about being grateful and spending time with your family and friends.
Our students need to learn it is not the end of the world if they do not receive a new Naked palette or Justin Bieber concert tickets or FIFA 16 or COD game! They are simply #firstworldproblems
Appreciate everything that you have and remember those who have nothing. Please give something to another no matter how small it is. I like many others had family members who were affected by the recent flooding crisis.
And then there are all the wars that are happening globally right now. Those people are experiencing grieve and they are in constant fear for their lives!
Christmas is the most special time of year! It brings families/communities together. It is a time where we are thankful for the year that we have just experienced and we prepare for the new year that is just beginning.
Here is a lovely video clip about the strong connection between being grateful and happy!
You could use this video clip in Section D of Junior Certificate Religious Education or LC non exam RE or SPHE.
I am going to end this post with a quote from one of favourite children’s books ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ by Dr Seuss.