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And Again

So, last post was about how sick I was and how much it sucked. This time the whole family got it. The whole damn family. This time it was fever, diarrhea, and throwing-up. It has been an even more evil sickness. You get sick, can’t eat, and then you feel better after a few days of excruciating stomach pain. All is well and then BAM! It comes back. I have a theory.

I think that, living out in such a rural area, the family is exposed to much more bacteria than our bodies have ever been used to. I think in the long run this sickness stuff might be a good thing. Our bodies get stronger with every one.

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Not again.

I rarely ever got sick before I moved here. This school year I have missed more days that I ever have.

First, I went to a sleep clinic and found out that I stopped breathing over 500 times a night. They estimated that I got about 1 hour of good sleep a night… maybe.  I had been told by many people, who were lucky to sleep near me,  throughout the last 20 years, that I sounded like I would die at any minute when I slept. I always shrugged it off to bad snoring.

Well, after I got to a point when I was literally exhausted very single day, I decided to get some help. My life has changed completely now that I use a CPAP machine. So now what is my problem? I keep getting every damn virus that floats my way.

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The Quickening

Me I have been thinking about technology in the classroom a lot lately. What amazes me is how many teachers don’t use it. Even the new teachers I see are, in my opinion, completely clueless as to what to do with it.

Something many teachers don’t understand is that technology is not a fad. It, and the internet, have fundamentally changed the way the world works. Not only that, but just as a bushman who hasn’t been exposed to technology can’t even see a picture if you show it to him , or a child who watches TV from a very early age responds much better to visual stimuli,  children today have brains that are wired differently. Your experiences, when young, play a large part in the way your brain works later on.

Teaching must change. The way students learn today is significantly different from any time in the last 2000 years. I say that without hyperbole. Think about it. My teachers, and my teachers’ teachers, grew up with books, pencils and paper. This has been the norm for a long long time. The current generation  have a wealth of information at their fingertips. They can take a picture with their phone and have it accessible  to the world within seconds. Today’s students don’t need to memorize something that they can google. Companies are constantly looking for ways to get their attention. There is so much information and so many distractions coming at them at all times. Teaching todays learners through traditional lectures,worksheets, and books is like speaking some foreign language they don’t understand. They require instant, easy access, more control, visual and creative  lessons.

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