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Recently at church, my pastor talked about how the words of
the bible are like putting food in a colander. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary,
a colander is a perforated utensil for washing or draining food. Your pour the
food in the colander and the liquid drains out but the food stays in. The
important words (Jesus’s words) stay in the colander and the words we don’t
need to save drain out.
This had me thinking about the information that we learn in school.
Hopefully our brains work like the colander and the important things stay in
while the unnecessary stuff flows out. This keeps our brains from getting
filled with too much information that we don’t need which give us room that need
for the important stuff.
But what about students with disabilities. Maybe their “colander”
has holes that are too big. Maybe too much information flows away and is unable
to hold the important things in. That might be why they have trouble
remembering things or sorting through what is important or what is not. If this
was a colander in my kitchen, I might put another colander with smaller holes
on top of it to help. These students need to learn coping skills that help them
figure out how to hold on to the important things. I might need to help them
find the other tool that will work for them. Maybe eventually, they won’t need
the extra tools or maybe the coping skills become so natural that they don’t
notice any problem anymore.
Then, there is the student where the holes are too small and
too much information stays in their brain. This could be so overwhelming and
hard to distinguish between what is important and what is not. I will need to
help the students learn skills that will sort through this information and help
them learn to cope with this problem. Maybe students will learn this skill and
it will become intuitive.
I think the hardest thing for me is to learn which students
have which type of “colander.” I need to pay closer attention to how they are
learning information. Rather than just focusing on giving the information, I
need to know if my students are having any processing problems.
Do you look at your students’ processing problems? How do
you do this? Please share.
I think the hardest thing for me is to
learn which students have which type of “colander.” I need to pay closer
attention to how they are learning information. Rather than just focusing on
giving the information, I need to know if my students are having any processing
Do you look at your students’
processing problems? How do you do this? Please share.
For the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to lose
pounds. I have been exercising a lot but I haven’t been eating that well. The
long and short of it (or should I say the heavy and light of it), is that even
though my weight has gone up or down a pound over this time, I still weigh the
same that I did in January. This is discouraging to me. I keep telling myself
that I need to have better will power when eating but I have increased my
exercise to kind of balance out my bad eating.
Last week I listened to a podcast
from The Trim Healthy Mamas and they actually made a lot of sense to me. I
have increased my exercise and I do feel better. My clothes are feeling loser
too so I need to stop making myself feel guilty all the time. This stress and
guilt is fighting anything I might be doing to lose weight.
They said if you hate the workout and are stressing about
it, you are defeating the purpose. So, I’ve decided to accept that I might not
lose weight but I am going to tone up and feel better because it makes me feel
They also said to accept who you are. Let’s face it, I will
probably never have the body that I did at 25 years old no matter how hard I
work out. Who am I kidding! So, my goal is going to be healthy and fit instead
of working towards an unrealistic goal. I think if I work on healthy and fit, I
may lose a few pounds in the process but I won’t focus on that.
I like walking on the treadmill every morning because I feel
like it gives me energy. But I want to focus on doing this at least 5 days a
week so if I miss 2 days, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I have also
started doing this 5 min. walking
workout routine I found on YouTube by Leslie Sansone. I do this routine several
times throughout the day and I really believe it is helping me tone up.
All of this is to say, I need to accept the body that I have
and work to get it in the best shape possible. I will not settle for less than
my best whatever I do. By coming up with excuses and false rationales, I am
settling for less that what I can actually be.
Like all things in life, there has to be balance. I need to know
what are false rationales and what are realistic goals.
The same thing applies to my students and my classroom. If
my students have a disability, I need to help them accept that they have one.
But that doesn’t mean they should settle for less than the best that they can
be. They need to try different things and attempt harder things or they never
will learn what their real capabilities actually are. They can’t live in a
bubble and protect themselves from failure or they aren’t truly living. To me,
that is play acting. Through failures, all people learn things about themselves
and their abilities. But only trying something once and failing is not true
learning. That is giving up.
What things have you tried and learned to accept without settiling?
Last week I attended a Master Naturalist Meeting where we learned
about Feral Hogs. Our speaker was Dr. Cory Heaton, State Wildlife Specialist. It was really interesting and I learned so
much about them. I never realized what a pest they were becoming and that I
didn’t need to be as frightened of them when hiking as I thought I was. I liked to share with you some things that I learned.
Not everything about feral pigs are negative. Some plant
communities benefit from feral hogs.
e.Trap design: single catch (drop doors, slammer doors); continuous
f.Stay away from Guillotine Box traps, corral trap with drop door
(need wide door); Corral trap with slammer trap, saloon doors, rooter gate;
funnel entry (confusion trap) Jager Pro remote tripping systems (dependent on
cell phone service $3000); boar buster trap system (very heavy)
a.Trip wires and root sticks ( majority of bait is placed before the
trip wire or root stick)
b.Reduce feed prior to setting
c.Never bait outside trap
i.Stand and stalk
hunting: usually during deer hunting seasons, year round on private property
with your choice of firearms, always work with the wind