We live in a world full of many gadgets and technology. Have you ever taken the time to put these things away, in order, to read a book or exercise outside.
I started noticing that many of my time is either looking at pinterest, youtube or other blogs. Not to say that there is anything wrong with these, but all things most be kept in moderation.
I tend to do nature walk every weekend. I feel that it rests my mind and body. It is also has a spritiual/religious element to it by being reminded of what God has created. How good and beautiful the things that He has created?
I think another thing we forget is exercising the mind. I was watching this youtube video from Hillsdale College (probably one of the best colleges that teaches truth along with reason), and I couldn’t help myself but how I should read more books for my mind’s sake.
Another thing that has inspired me was Pope John Paul II. Did you know that every morning, John Paul II would read the news in every language that he knew.
Check out this video on the importance of reading in order to excerise the mind:
As a special education teacher, I tend to have many meetings, conferences and appointments with other health providers, teachers, administration, parents, etc.
I pray to St. Raphael for my meeting tomorrow. At times, it could be overwhelming in terms of communication. When a teacher is trying to help a parents’ child, and that parent is flat out denying what her child is doing…then, this is what hinders the child to obtain the services she needs to help her.
I pray to St. Raphael to help in this meeting, and to help me with my communication skills.
What a beautiful movie! I am not the type of person that gets emotional and starts crying while watching a movie….except when I saw The Notebook.
Highly recommend this movie to everyone. I think that it taught me that in moments of despair, miracles are all around us especially from those that show love to us. God is there in the present moment of our suffering. We might not understand why we are going through this but there is always that hope that something good will come out of this.
So a virtue that I am practicing is diligence. Diligence is a careful and persistent work or effort. As a special education teacher, there are so many things to do from lesson plans, IEP, meetings/phone calls to parents, Professional development, grade meetings, parent engagement notices, administration duties, etc. The list goes on and on. I feel that so far I have been diligent this entire week.
To become diligent one must be extremely organized. So some helpful tips:
- Pray (put God first)
- Read the Bible (so many tips about daily life)
- Clean up any messy area/cluster place
- Buy organizers such as agendas, folders, notebooks, filing folders
- Prioritize your work (ask God to help you)
- Make time for nature walking
- Cut down destructions (such as tv, shows, non-excessive talking/chats)
2 Peter 1:10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
A negative situation happened to me during work. I internalized the conflict and took it personal. Though the comment of my paraprofessional hurtful, untrue and humiliating (she said it in front of the kids), I could have taken the situation in a productive way.
Upon this tragic event, I realize that I had a problem with my emotional being. I started to notice a pattern that has been happening during the work place. I wanted to find a solution to this internal problem that I had. I realized that when a co-worker said or did something I did not like, I would either say or do something negative back or avoid her all together.
I came upon this Catholic Psychology school webinar. It talked about the two types of psychology one is the disease model which tends to look at the past. The other is known as positive psychology. I started to work toward a goal that I could work on for today, which will continue for about a month until it becomes a habit.
I never heard that one could work on a virtue as a goal. So there are many types of virtues out there (I probably will write another blog about this). This is what has made me work so hard today so I don’t focus on the past.
So my tip for today. Think of a virtue you would like to work on today. Write in a notebook to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Scared Heart of Jesus on this goal. Read the bible for inspiration, pray the Rosary to obtain that grace…
The first week of school, I cleaned my classroom and brought my supplies to decorate the bulletins. This helped my classroom to appear as any other classroom, where learning would grow.
The first day of school, I was anxious and excited. As the weeks went by, I realize that I have a lot of learning to do. It is one thing to sit in university and analyze theories, which is completely different being in the classroom with children.
I learn more at work than I do at university. I am still learning about the school, neighborhood, students (including their families), administration, and curriculums.
I feel that university is good in that there is that field work, but it needs to teach teachers to teach effectively in various subjects in line with the NYS core skills. This would help teachers relate this to their field work. Also, there should be more classes on lesson planning, assessments and relationships (with administration, families, and community).
Above is some old-school music (I was in middle school when Monica was popular). I was asked about my summer plans. I don’t plan on going anywhere but reading, studying and writing. I have to take a NYS bilingual exam in two weeks, and I have to take an education course on bilingualism. Si, hablo espanol.
I’m about leave for mass. I will keep all of you readers in my prayers. May God bless you all. Peace.