what has your love changed?
Teaching is all about self-concept?
Our self-concept determines who we are. What we think about ourselves, what we can or can’t do and ultimately who we become… it is that powerful!
How is your self-concept?
Give some time over to a bit of self-reflection and see if you can remember any experiences that supported the formation of your self-concept. Time with your mum, dad, grandparents, teacher, friends…
Teachers next to parents are the most powerful people that ever cross our lives.
Do you know the poem by Dorothy Law Note “Children learn what they Live”?
If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
If he learns with hosltility,
he learns to fight……
If a child lives with encouragement,
he learns to be confident.
If a child lives with tolerance,
he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with acceptance,
he learns to love……
With what is your child living?
Ask that question of the classroom climate that a child spends from 5 to 8 hours a day in?
In my view, Teacher’s need to enable children to feel that they are “OK”, that they are loved.
In fact if we look at our lives both teacher and taught, “our lives area shaped by those who love us and by those who refuse to love us” John S.J. Powell
Do teachers love and teach or just teach and refuse to love?
In my view, Teachers need to take good care of developing a positive self-concept within themselves so that they can develop a positive self-concept within each child that crosses their path.
Goethe said” In all things we learn only from those we love..” and Kahlil Gibran said” the teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness…”
So what has ‘love’ got to do with teaching?
A teacher quoted by Everett Shostrom in Man, the Manipulator said…
“I had a great feeling of relief when I began to understand that youngster needs more that just subject matter.
Oh, I know mathematics well. and I teach it well. I used to think that that was all I needed to do. Now I teach children, not math. I accept the fact that I can only succeed partially with some of them. I have found further that my own personhood has educable value. When I don’t have to know all the answers, I seem to have more answers than before when I tried to be the expert.
The youngster who really made me understand this was Eddie. I asked him one day why he thought he was doing so much better than last year. he gave meaning to my whole new orientation. “It’s because I like myself now when I’m with you,” he said.
Love is everything in teaching!
Yes being South African means you love to watch rugby! And yes, it means you want the BOKS to win!
So today when the BOKS won at Suncorp stadium in Brisbane it was awesome!”If you’re the South African, New Zealand or Australian coach, you’re always under pressure, the team’s always under pressure. They will want to lift themselves. It will be very physical and I think it will be very fast. It will be a very quick Test match.” – South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer
Love is The Condition…
Never lose heart – ever!
Africa is the the heart of all love.
This is an all time great song and of course has everything to do with declaring your love and commitment to someone.
The lyrics give reasons for why the singer is going to ‘stay’…
It leaves me with a huge lump in my throat and very teary eyes.
Don’t you just love love?
It makes me remember …
The beautiful cards my dad used to give my mum on her birthday …
words of undying love and commitment…
The amazing ‘liefde briewe’ that my sister’s boyfriend used to
write to her whilst he was in the army doing national service…
It makes me think of the times dad shared his heart with us and we
danced on his toes to music of his heart!
It reminds me …
That a lot of love is duty – “doing what we gotta do”.
That everybody expresses love in different ways and how we need to
be sensitive and aware of this with our loved ones.
That true love makes one feel secure – we choose to stay!
that love sees another as “one of a kind” despite our faults
If there was anyone whom I would want to give this song to, right
now it would be my gorgeous mum. This is for you MUM with all my
heart and love, and yes Dad, I know you’d love it too!
Close your eyes and listen deeply mum and dad.
We miss you and love you lots.