Follow the Leader?

Teaching and doing worksheets, I realised how much education is based on “listen to me, now tell me the answer from what I just said”

  

 

How little education is about figuring things out, or standing out and being a leader.
As a teacher, I know the importance of teaching kids to follow, but it’s also too easy to forget the importance of letting kids try out things their own way.  

 

Who do I want to be? The teacher that stops a kids from making up words to their own songs?
Do I want to be the teacher that won’t accept any answer but that which I’m aiming for?
Who am I teaching?
Robots? Little automatons that follow only and don’t get creative? 

 

Or do I want to be the teacher that encourages to see shapes in the clouds, invents new words, creates silly dances. 
My keywords this coming May?
FREEDOM
GRACE
CREATIVITY
  
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Teaching vs Learning

A teacher once said to me, “your students are more concerned with talking about your clothes/accessories than looking at the flashcards”
Well, I’m an English Teacher, so my reply was “awesome! I should wear something crazy everyday!”

  
At that, some people get confused. And here is a short simple way to understand why I’m so happy that my student was “not” paying attention:

  • Flashcards are a tool for teaching. Any teacher that thinks that the point of the lesson is the flashcards, might as well accept that their stunt will only ever be capable of shouting out random words when they see an object.  
  • Learning isn’t limited to the classroom or even the teacher’s input. It’s about understanding and putting into context the world around you. When a student of English comments “it’s so cute” while you are doing something else, it isn’t a sign that the child isn’t learning. It’s the opposite.   
  • Teaching isn’t limited to the materials in your hands, it should include every action you make around students, how you respond to their creativity, and being interested in their interests.   

Teaching will only get the students to your level. Encouraging students to learn will push them beyond even the teacher’s abilities. 

  

What is this world costing us? – A look at what focusing on the dark things does to us.

Serious moment.

There is evil in this world.

There is suffering, hurt, painsickness…

and worst of all there are people creating this. We do not live in a perfect world, we live in a world that allows these things to happen. And it is beyond our comprehension. Those of us who can’t accept this bury their heads in the sand and say it isn’t happening because they are so far removed from it.

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Others are so torn up that they campaign, speak out, get involved and won’t stop till they see the end of that evil. image
I applaud them and pray that they succeed.

But there is something more important that people often overlook, and hardly ever makes it into the news.

There are people out there working hard to make this world better!
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There is love, joy, peace and happiness in this work alongside the darkness.
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When did he world get so dark that we forgot to look for the light?
Aren’t these the things that those people I applaud working for?

Archer: Because I cant save humanity, without holding on to the things that make me human. (Star Trek, Enterprise)

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The things in this world such as Hope, Faith and love, are the things that make this life worth living.

I won’t give up. I won’t hide. I won’t act just because it will make me feel better to do so.

I will act out of love. I will do my best to make a difference in the lives of every person I meet because they deserve to be loved. And this world needs more light, not darkness

What gives me my strength?

What gives you your strength?

What gives you an unshakable foundation that will never fail?

I will not tell anyone what to believe, but I will tell you this, and very few can disagree (feel free to message me otherwise)

If you have something to believe in, that is unshakable, unbreakable, unconditional, and makes you understand why Joy can exist in this world, you will always know that this world is amazing, despite the hurt, suffering and pain within it.

This world isn’t perfect, neither am I.

Why not try to use what is good in it rather than glorify the bad?

 
lexJLH Sendai

Up the Hill! – Celebrating small successes

The day before writing this post, I achieved something.

I got all the way up the hill on my bicycle without having to get off and walk!

When I got home, I shared this with my roommates, who immediately hugged my and celebrated with me.

Am I an athlete? – No

Am I disabled and overcoming a huge impasse in my life? – no

Am I trying to make a difference in my life by being healthier? – Yes.

Not that steep, but it goes pretty far!

Not that steep, but it goes pretty far!

 

This was not a huge victory over a large obstacle, this was not an amazing success compared to others. – but the first step to being successful, and helping others to be successful, too, is to

celebrate the small successes.

by celebrating this small fact, and the ones that come after, I am ensuring myself of further successes.

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So when you hear that something was achieved, don’t belittle it’s value, just celebrate!

 
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So what did kill the cat? (Was it curiosity?)

Everyone know the proverb curiosity killed the cat, but is it really the case?

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While I was reading a book I came across this phrase that everyone knows and takes for granted. And because the book I was reading wasn’t really all that interesting anyway, I looked it up. What book? Not telling 🙂

The fact is, that although curiosity can put people (and cats) in dangerous situations, it won’t kill you if you’re careful.

Quite ironic, considering that the original proverb is care killed the cat, isn’t it?

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So what is it that really we should be worried about?

That is the answer in itself.
Worry
The expression care killed the cat, is referring to the fact that if we do nothing but worry, thinking about “our cares and woes” (forgive the olde English, but it’s where the origin is) we can waste away through nine lives. But we have only one life. Why waste it on worry?

It’s in our nature to worry, to think “What If”
That is what really hurts us.

Stop thinking about the “What ifs” in life. Start thinking about What IS

If you love, then love with all your heart. If you have faith, then believe with all your soul, if you are intelligent, then use your mind fully. If you have worries, look back on the last three things, and be thankful.

What worries, cares and woes can you give up today?

How high are your standards?

Sometimes Its strange how the standards I set for myself are different from what the world accepts.

Do not be confirmed to the pattern of this world

When the world says

just enough is ok

I choose to do the best I can.

When teachers say

it’s ok as long as you get through to one child

I chose to do my best on one short year to touch the lives of every child I meet.

When the media says

This is how the world works; people dying, cheating,lying and hurting others

I say I want to do better!

What standards do you set for yourself and can you do better?

What is it about Sendai?

It was both an easy decision, and a difficult one to decide to move here.

I knew I’d be leaving my friends, job, and beautiful room back in Tokyo, as well as distancing myself further from my wonderful family back in sunny old England.

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Church!

I don’t talk about it on this blog often, but church is amazing!

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It’s a wonderful place full of people with vision, hope love and a future. Continue reading