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Why is breakfast important for teachers?

Have always heard teachers tell the parents ‘your child must eat a little something…’ or to the child ‘has mummy not fed you anything?’ ‘Why are you so low on energy,no breakfast in the morning?’

What happens when teachers walk in to school with no breakfast and the same lame ‘i have no time to eat in the morning!’ For the ones who manage just fine are lucky,who don’t,usually end up with ‘ i need coffee before i begin my day!! or just plain shouting at the children and what about being fatigued and not having the energy to even make a lesson interesting….let alone interesting not being inclined to present in an interesting fashion!

Speaking to many of my teacher – friends i realized,an empty stomach gets the better of us as human beings (and educators too) We seem to have more energy at our disposal if we have had a little something in our tummies before we reach our classrooms.

A dear friend from Nigeria talks about how hard pressed for time she is,but she does ensure she has two small breakfasts before taking on her day.The first breakfast is when she wakes up and is halfway through her ‘getting dressed routine’. She sits down on the table and eats her sandwich,muesli,flakes and coffee while she ‘creatively visualizes her classroom’.While at it she also goes through her social media sites. Adebanke is regular with tweeting.She connects with the parent community as well as her former students,every single day through numerous tweets and retweets.

The second breakfast that usually contains a muesli bar/power grain bar and a fruit is had when she parks her car at the school.She also guzzles down a lot of water before she takes on the day.

I have understood why she does what she does! It simply adds to her energy reserves,as once we are inside the classrooms we forget all idea of water-food-snack while we are trying our best to get children to follow instructions.By the time we are through the day,we look like zombies..and not willing to even talk or text..Our energy reservoir in the body has been depleted because we need ALL possible energy to get through the day.Also,the gap between dinner the previous night and a possible breakfast usually is a good ten hours!! When i saw my friend,she was still her vibrant self at the end of a maddening day!

A quick fix also happens to be eating some chocolates with coffee- a good boost of sugar helps combat the fatigue which makes teachers plonk themselves on chairs and not involve themselves in the classroom activities!

I guess a good breakfast does help!

 

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We didn’t start the fire – why Billy Joel is relevant in circa 2014.

At places where teachers are honed we are taught that popular media can be used as an indispensable tool in the homeroom.I for one have always thought that this song would be a great choice during Contemporary World studies lecture in a Social Sciences class. I of course banged my head the the music as a gawky teenager,but it did roll out the sequence of events very well…in the stream of consciousness (shout out to Virginia Woolf!!)

Some serious throwback to Billy Joel.

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, Bridge On The River Kwai
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather, Homicide, Children of Thalidomide…

Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia
Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go
U-2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician Sex
J.F.K. blown away, what else do I have to say

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock
Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan
Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal, suicide
Foreign debts, homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz
Hypodermics on the shores, China’s under martial law
Rock and Roller Cola wars, I can’t take it anymore

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
It will still burn on and on and on and on
And on and on and on and on…

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it!

Our eighth-ninth graders need to know the events of the past to be able to have certain political perspective in mind and understand the state of world affairs.It is a give then,the headlines pertaining to Gaza-Israel are ignored for juicier headlines of someone ‘being just friends’.

Isn’t our skill much in knowing what our learners shall receive from a certain resource? What is your favorite resource idea?