I can remember when I was in school, I could almost fall asleep where I was sitting. One of my teachers many years ago would say, “Wake up class, wake up! Pay attention!”, if he thought we were slipping away.
When teaching students paying attention and really focusing is very important. Of course, I as a teacher can shift focus and stop hearing the person talking, I become more focused on what a student is not saying. However, as a teacher I have to be attentive to both, because then I can become aware of that what I am teaching is not connecting with everybody in the room. When I realise that I can think – is it me or is it them? When I am working with students the majority might understand, but there is always a small percentage that lose focus, because for some reason they were not listening properly. It is important to bring them back to be present in the present.
I feel that it is important that the students interact and share when I am teaching. When we just drift off, we are no longer part of the dynamic. The teacher has to try to create a dynamic where everybody is listening and encourage interaction. I find the best teachers are the ones that creates interest and makes it entertaining. If you have a creative teaching experience it awakens many other parts of your consciousness, and then I find that you absorb the information given in class without realising it.
When I teach, I use my personality and bring some fun into the dynamic, that makes them curious. It is different for everybody, I understand, but I love when a teacher becomes part of the group interaction, instead of just standing there writing something on a whiteboard. That is dead, at the same time things cannot be stimulating and interesting all the time.
I find it extremely exhilarating when the results are starting to show with my students. It is amazing when you realise that you actually got through to a person that you thought you could not reach – But, this also means that I as a teacher must have an open mind. It is the teacher’s responsibility to lead the way and help a student or a group of students to create a dynamic that awakens them.
The classroom of life can also be so informative, especially when learning about yourself. It is like a theatre, you never known what to expect. The theatre of life can challenge every aspect of our emotions and lead us to a place where we realise that what we thought we knew, we actually did not, and therein lies a very vulnerable opportunity to learn something new about ourselves. Life continuously gives us opportunities to update ourselves and our awareness. I very often laugh at myself, because of the things I thought I knew, but life always helps us realise so much more, through its challenges.
The dynamic of life always has something to offer. Everything I find around me is a classroom; what I see or feel, or for example what people do not say. Sometimes the unspoken also holds the secret of what they want to learn or understand. I can be in a bookshop looking at the books and then suddenly pick up a book thinking, that looks interesting. When I read the book, it starts to talk to me, not just the printed words, but the meaning behind it. Sometimes people can say something without realising what they are saying. However, the biggest adventure of all is when you are confronted with the unexpected, where do I go with this, what do I do??
Many talk about consciousness, but how many of us actually live it?