My passion has long been technology. I moved into the professional technology world nearly 30 years ago. One of the things my wife always jokes is that she married a school teacher, not an IT geek. In part, my transition was more focused on where my heart lay. I loved being a teacher. Anyone that takes the time to teach and help children deserve the same honor as we give to military professions. “thank you for your service,” so I say that to teachers. They serve in jobs that can be hard. It is not easy to walk into a room of kids and, in a week, figure out who can sit together. Who should be in groups? Who can do assignments without needing help? Who wants to be there.
The funny thing, and the reason for my sharing this today, is that the skills I learned as a school teacher applied to IT. Teachers are excellent project managers. They look at the whole picture and have a great ability to see the impact of any one thing. Technologies are the same way, although the one thing many techniques struggle with is the machine to human interface system we sometimes call communication. What IT professionals are competent at is helping with problems. That brings me to my topic for today is a long round-about way—the idea of helping people. I know many people are stuck inside. They are living in their homes and cannot leave.
I am in the boat to a degree, although we do get out to exercise every day. I don’t think my dog would let me stay home without walking.
Based on that, one of the things I think we should all do is say something beautiful to someone. In a comment, in a voicemail or a text or some other online forum, say something cute. It doesn’t have to be poetic, Nor does it have to change the world. Just stop pick one, two of ten people, and say something beautiful. The world is in pain right now. Let’s all be part of the solution. Say something beautiful to someone today!
Hey tell someone they did you a favor ok?
Smile at someone (in a video call) Ok?
Make someone laugh today!
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I don’t think teaching profession is regarded as an important occupation although the motto is always teaching is a noble profession. Lecturers are preferred to teachers. The lower grade teachers deserve a very high salary because it is the same as a mother raising a toddler. They are the second parents to children.
a good friend of mine started teaching when I did. He always said to me “you aren’t going to be a teacher long.” I would say why is that?
He would smile and say you’ll see.
Every year he sends me a card, with the words Can you see now?
I read an article by an American writer who stated that teachers are quitting their jobs to do something else. Also when you consider the local governments aren’t providing enough money to cater to schools needs forcing teachers to fork money out of their pockets to meet some class needs.
they are. I know I could only do it for 10 or fewer years. The reality of the system prevented me from staying.
It became all about passing the “test” and not teaching! Teaching is finding things kids are interested in and helping them expand that interest by improving the other skills needed (to learn about space you have to read. To understand dinosaurs you have to read)
You are right. It is the case here. It is all matter of passing exams ,not students gaining the knowledge and skills.
In a month’s time after the, no work put in place by the government due to coronavirus, I will be handing in my resignation letter. Low or no payment that I owing to the institution close to an 8 months salary.I like teaching but it is becoming difficult.
I interviewed for a teaching job many years ago. The principal had read several articles I had written and said this to me:
“you aren’t long for teaching.”
Between that and what my friend told me every year in college, I realized I wouldn’t be. I miss the kids.
I don’t miss the system at all.
An you landed on an occupation you like best.
took me a long time to get to where I was happy!
Teachers are the most important people in the world, being a teacher is the most important job. In Ancient Greece, teachers were celebrities, they were famous and rich. The sad thing is that we have created a world where the economy is the king and this brings a lot of problems as people do not love knowledge they are obliged to consume and compete.
In Southeast Asia teachers are accorded much more respect than in the US. My father (who taught in Thailand) was called Adjan. It means honored professor.
i agree with you my friend!
This is great. Congratulations. What did your father teach if you want to tell?
i father was a science educator.
This is great. Congrats. I am horrible at science but I admire people who knows about it
it is why I am a weather geek now. oh yeah and all-around science tech geek!
Q: HEY TELL SOMEONE THEY DID YOU A FAVOR OK?
Yes (7 votes) – 100%
Q: SMILE AT SOMEONE (IN A VIDEO CALL) OK?
Yes (4 votes) – 80%
No (1 votes) – 20%
Q: MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH TODAY!
Yes (7 votes) – 100%
Since I mostly utilize Yelp, that is one of the goals I try to do regularly is spread positivity or laughter through comments. I love it because with Yelp, its through either reviews or pictures shared.
I love yelp (as you know). Been reviewing on Yelp since I moved to Maryland. Sharing funny reviews helps others a lot!
your reviews are awesome by the way!!!
I think most love and laugh at my opinion/impression of businesses. What I wrote about in 2017 makes me laugh when I read it in 2020. The Yelp community is similar to Virily in ways because other Yelpers are very supportive of others, as like Virilians are supportive of others. It really makes my day when someone comes across my reviews that legit needed that information about that particular business.
i love that feeling as well. I’ve gotten so many messages on yelp about my good and bad reviews from people saying thank you.
I love that feeling!
Prior to traveling I always find a lot of lackluster hotel reviews which fuels me to make my review thorough.
i have found it is easier for me to just got Marriotts and be done with it!
I’ll have to do that at some point. I wanted to pamper myself with the Dallas trip, but ended up going for something cheap.
at one point, (not anymore) i had so many Marriott points that we vacationed for free for 9 or so years.
Wow! I am curious if those hotels have applications that customers can download and maybe get deals.
Hilton and Marriott have great reward programs. I like Expedia or Trivago for finding the lowest price deals!
I have looked into Expedia few times
I love mentioning where I find deals inside of my Yelp reviews to help others plan to. Pretty thorough with what I review.
i noticed your reviews are more in depth. I focus on food/family impact! or when I can something funny.
You know, that would actually be fun having a family because I would get input from them when I am out with them. I believe I did that with my mom when I visited Indianapolis two years ago.
we all have our power and our weakness!
i talk to my mom all the time about stuff!
what part of Indy?
I lived in Greenwood for 11 years!
I love to say nice things tom people and make them smile. Yes, we need these now more than ever.
Let me start with you. Thank you for being the wonderful person that you are.
wow, thank you so much for the kind words! You really made me smile today!!!
(right back at you by the way)!!!
it is so important in times of crisis that we reach out and help those around us!
What a great message to send out and to keep us all civil! All of this hoarding is getting ridiculous.
it is really sad, but understandable. Fear is a horrible thing. so we smile, and say something nice!
That was a great message, My dad was always looking on the humor side of things too.
sometimes I think that is a built-in dad thing! The twins call them dad jokes!
That’s a wonderful message!
saying something nice is always good! Thank you for the kind words!
I suppose you were a great teacher and your students loved you. You are also a great expert in your current job. Thanks for all your advice.
Thank you. I enjoyed being a teacher but it really wasn’t for me. 🙂
This reminds me of my Dad. He always added humor to all situations. I miss him so much. But I remember many lessons he left behind. 🙂
i take that as a high honor. I know how much you treasure your father and his guidance.
Yes I do and he remains around me every day. So many reminders.
i cannot breathe without remembering my dad. Well I couldn’t breathe without him anyway. Thanks Carol!!!!
You really are the right technical guy, dear friend …. always researching something
thank you, every day you say something kind to me. Every day I treasure those words. You are a good friend!
I am happy to read your posts and appreciate your efforts in trying to say a certain thing in the simplest way …. it happens that sometimes I don’t even dream of saying something because I hear certain things for the first time and you are home in all areas of new technologies
it can be difficult – i find the same is true about cars. I understand the technology of cars, but the reality of engines and performance, I don’t get.
I almost can’t believe you don’t understand engine power technology, dear friend … it’s a purely technical thing
i understand engine power, it is more the application of the other things around it that I often struggle with.
But now I have the biggest problems with electronics … without a tester you can’t find a fault in any way
in theory, the OBM port should help, but the devices that plug into those ports are expensive.
And this is very expensive, so only services can afford it, and these are usually sponsored by the car factory….what a smaller program you can set up on your computer
there is a company (automatic) that has a device that plugs in and it is less than 100 dollars.
it connects to an application on your smart phone!