#LentPhotos has an interesting challenge today – look for #divine – I think we can see “The Divine” in everything, though it was of course tempting to use Divine chocolate…
As someone who’s been involved in the development of teaching and learning, it’s always good to think about what it is that makes for a good teacher – some thoughts from the top of my head:
- Passionate & knowledgeable about their subject
- Cares about their students, and what they get out of it
- Allows space for interaction/engagement/input
- Can explain something in more way than one
- Has lots of inspiring examples to draw on – making learning interesting
- Respects the student, and makes it possible to be respected in return
- Creates an enjoyable atmosphere – as Caspian’s teacher does
Can be difficult to make all happen – and that’s why many teachers spend several hours preparing for each hour of teaching…
Today’s Bible verse seems to indicate that we will become most like “our teacher” – or anyone that we learn from I have to say, whether that be parents, friends, museums, church, etc. etc..
Well, I wrote it, so obviously I think that clearing out your wardrobe is a good thing, and have done it – learning from others in the process!!
So the first step, today, is to notice when you’re tempted to prove yourself or defend yourself. Noticing this is more than half the battle. At that point, simply step back – maybe count to ten.
Remember that we are loved by God, that we have nothing to prove though my brain is thinking, but we still should our best, but as Carol Fogarty said to me many years ago – aim for excellence, and not perfection!
I have to say with #notbusy am still finding it hard to stop still entirely, but it is encouraging more to take time out for myself – e.g. my swim this morning “eeek, panic, don’t have time”, but it’s so important for my mental health aside from anything else!
Pam’s Perambulations: “I have to confess to getting a little irked by Building Conservation. Not keeping a good building how it was if it can be enjoyed by all as part of our heritage, but when such buildings are no longer fit for purpose, yet it is insisted that it is kept how it was – even if it doesn’t meet the needs of today’s community.” Oh yes – people think that as a historian I must want everything kept “as is”, but really – what exactly is “what it was” – buildings change over time – do we take it back to its original state, it’s most famous state, most recent? etc.. Function SO should be a consideration…
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.