In the meantime, I had time to test another education system as an insider. And some of the ideas changed. I learned how to teach, so students can become curious, by questioning things and using critical thinking.
And I also understood that if we, as teachers, don’t try our best to open those young minds, parents are doing almost nothing to do so.
One lesson comes to mind, when we were teaching them about suffragette movement. And we decided to play a game. We were reading some statements and they had to divide themselves in two groups. Who agreed and who dissagreed, debating their choices. The statements were regarding jobs that women could have. For example, “Women could be doctors.” Interesting fact, but something that didn’t surprise me a lot, was that most boys said women couldn’t be football players, atheletes, bodybuilders, etc. We are talking about Year2 students so six and seven years old.
At the end of the lesson, we showed them a video with bad ass women who are extremely good athletes and all the boys remained speechless. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing. But they understood one thing that day, that women and men are equals and there’s no such thing made only for men or only for women. We are all humans and can be great achievers in fields ruled by the opposite sex, because sex and gender are not something that should define us.
But things like that are not discussed in most families, and we can’t expect that to change any time soon. Only when these young children are thaught in school to see the world differently, they will teach others the same things.
Until then, we just try to change the world slowly, one step at the time.
I’ve had many amazing trips, along the years, but today I will talk about the first one that comes to my mind and that is the one in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. That place was something else and in one day we visited two museums and Timanfaya or the Fire Mountains.
Lanzarote is something else and because words lose their meanings, when it comes to describing places, I will post some photos from there and you can see what I tried to describe with words and failed miserably.
I have like three bags I use regularly and they pretty much have the same things: two or three pairs of sunglasses, a shopping bag, my wallet, a notebook, a book, some hair bubbles and a pen. On top of that I usually carry mints, that are out of date, but always forget to through them away. Same goes with receipts. I have a collection of those🙄.
I sometimes add suntan lotion, water, food, my camera, depending where I am going and the purpose of the journey. I have my keys and if cold, I manage to stuff a scarf or a small jumper (I carry big bags).
It seems five years ago I skipped day 8 and have no idea why. Maybe it was because I usually refuse to set goals and had nothing to write about. But why not write about something you don’t agree with?
Why I don’t set goals? Because whenever I do so, there’s no chance of reaching them. Visualisation, what everyone teaches you to do nowadays, might not be for everyone. I hoped it would and even created a visualisation board and stuff, but except eating healthy nothing came to fruition.
It might be only me, but goals can make you depressed in case you are not reaching them. Or, when you reach them you feel lost because you have no clue where to go from there.
So live for the moment, try to become the best version of yourself, do what you love as much as you can and success will follow. Or, if setting goals works for you go for it. Set as many as you can and good luck!
Are you the type of person who sets goals or not? Let me know in the comments as I’m really curious.