Spoken word: Easter

Easter is more than a public holiday, more than chocolates and hot cross buns. Easter is more than a weekend or a one-day celebration. Easter is about something so special, magical and wonderful.

It is about our Lord and savior who lived, died and rose back to life for us.

Now you might be thinking, why would anyone need the motivation to rise back to life? If I died and had the chance to not be dead, I would gladly take it. I don’t need to live for anyone other than myself.

Yet the resurrection of Jesus Christ was for us. He was raised back to life for our forgiveness, our justification, our redemption.

Isn’t that wonderful?

I don’t talk about this much in the video because it’s a “back to basics” video on Easter and it’s also because I have the video making skills of a 6-year-old. This means in terms of content, simple is the key. Regardless or perhaps because of its simple nature, he content is a treasure. I was excited when I had this idea of “Show me” and I hope you do too.

Now I know watching videos aren’t for everyone but I don’t want to give any spoilers for the video. I’ll end my written message here. As for the video… Watch it, don’t watch it. Up to you. Happy Easter.

 

Learning to ride a Bicylcle

Let me just put it out there right now: I can’t ride a bicycle. I never learned mainly because Asians don’t ride bicycles. Okay, that’s not fair to say. My Asian family doesn’t ride bicycles. I did ask at least once to my mum if I could buy a bike and learn. She said no, road kill.

Having said that, I recently got a “vision”, a very vivid image of me, a bike and God.

I gave my worries and fears, some specific others not so.

  1. worries about my assessments
  2. worries about the future
  3. despair
  4. hatred
  5. a broken heart and not being able to move on from a bad relationship

Each worry or problem made a part of the bike. The seat was Jesus. That never changed. One of the wheels was my worries and fears for my friend who was going through a bad break up.

Then, I gave these parts made of my problems to God. I saw all the different parts of the bike, labeled with my problems, go to the clouds. Because, of course, that’s where heaven is. He turned this into a bike.

I rode this bike with God walking beside me, holding onto the bike as well. As I rode along with him, my bike turned to gold and eventually all the parts of the bike were replaced with something good.

  1. God cares for you (from the verse, give all your worries to God, for he cares for you).
  2. love
  3. hope
  4. shalom (peace from God)
  5. hesed (wisdom of grace)

My old bike laid on the side of the pavement. God took it away to heaven. This means that all my worries, problems and fears were given to God. I don’t need to think about these things for one more moment of my life.

God let me go. I’m riding the bike by myself but he’s always behind me, watching me, ready to catch me if I fall and help me back onto the bike again.

I quite liked this ‘vision’ that I had and hope that this could help some of you out there who are struggling with doing everything on your own. I’m still struggling with this because of my essays and practicums. But  I have to constantly remind myself that I’m riding a bike.

 

What did Dash do?

Dash is a superhero character in the film, “The Incredibles”. I’m super excited for the second film that focusses on Jack Jack’s power. But nothing is going to come close to the classic first movie. One classic scene is the one when Dash is in a race.

His superpower is speed so who the winner’s going to be is a no-brainer. How he’s going to win without everyone knowing he can run faster than Usain Bolt is another matter, one that is hilarious.

In terms of the moral development that we started talking about last Tuesday, what was the moral dilemma/s in this video?

Dash was in a race. He wasn’t allowed to run as fast as he could because then it would be obvious that he and his whole family were superheroes. But, he didn’t want to lose either. No one enters a race with the hope of losing.

what level/s and stage/s were Dash in?

Just by looking at this short clip, one might think Dash is in level 1, stage 1 and 2 of the Moral development stages.

Stage 1: Obedience

We observe from the video that Dash is obedient to his family. Particularly, we can hear Bob’s voice and instruction for how fast Dash should run and if he should “pick up the pace” or “slow up”. However, we also know from the whole film, that Dash is in school, not that obedient to authority and is past the expected age range of people who are in stage one. He doesn’t just obey his parents but he knows why he has to go slower.

Stage 2: Self-interest

Although Dash can’t run fast for the entire duration of the race, he still wins in the last minute. This is out of self interest. Similarly, although his parents are shouting at him from the sidelines to slow up, they still want him to win or at the very least, get to second place. There is no way Dash couldn’t win if he wanted to given his abilities and he enters the race in the first place out of self-interest.

In my opinion, I think that Dash is in stage 2 and 3 of Kohlberg’s moral development stages.

Stage 3: Conformity

Because Dash knows he has to go slower but not too slow that he loses, this shows his conformity to being undercover. As a normal child, he can’t show off his super abilities. He can’t let people know that he’s super fast only that he’s fast. He conforms to the rules of being a superhero, having a secret identity and also that of his parents as they shout out what he should do from the benches.

He has self-interest in winning the race but he also conforms to the rules of being a superhero and having a secret identity. Notice how he obeys and conforms because he wants to be a good student and son. He doesn’t obey without knowing the intentions.

 

Your turn:

What do you think about Dash’s moral dilemma? Do you see any other moral dilemmas in this clip?

 

When? Tuesday 2:00pm

Where? writing160.wordpress

 

May God fill you with the wisdom of grace.

Amen.

 

One more question:

How excited are you for Incredibles 2?

Who am I?

Hi all,

I thought it was a good time for me to tell you a bit about myself (and give an update since the last About Me post).

My name is Ching. My name on Twitch is “Reswitch” which is why sometimes I’ll sign off on a post as “Reswitch”. But I really don’t care if you know my name or not. Haha.

Due to my country’s lockdown (that’s New Zealand), I work from home. I’m grateful that I still have a job because it keeps me busy. By the way, that ‘job’ is streaming on Twitch and blogging. So, not really a job? A hobby?

My interests are writing love-action stories, reading good adventure or dystopian novels and watching funny movies. So, I’m really big on entertainment.

2 years ago, according to Myers Brigg, I was idealistic, in my own world, flighty, artsy, and a social justice warrior. I’m still all of those things, but I also can’t be labelled, prefer to work my own hours and hate the school education system.

 

 

 

Demi’s story

Maybe a few years from now, I’ll actually ‘buy’/subscribe to Youtube Red. Then again, maybe I’ll do the free trial and then watch this movie during that time. This is a trailer for the movie. It’s Demi Lovato’s story. She was on the brink of suicide. Did you know that? Honestly, I knew she did drugs and had a breakdown but I didn’t know she was suicidal. Maybe one day, she can make up with Selena, just saying. Hey, in my world, miracles happen.

Demi is authentic and that’s why people love her.

Why teachers shouldn’t talk

Dear teachers,

Please don’t tell my son,

to be quiet, silent, still, and unmoving on the mat.

He can’t.

It’s not because he has ADHD

It’s not because he’s a boy

It’s because this method of teaching is ineffective.

 

If you know that teachers teach the way they were taught

then you’ll know that this is a bad way to teach

Do something else

Stop talking

Start listening

Stop lecturing

start learning

 

Don’t tell my son to be quiet or to be still

don’t punish him when he doesn’t comply

Have you ever thought that maybe he can’t?

Maybe nobody in the entire world could possibly

listen to a woman (or man) speak for 45 minutes in one go

Is this a corporate meeting? Or a place of learning?

 

Don’t tell my son how to behave, how to respond, or how to act

Show him through good modeling

But don’t make an example of him

 

Let me tell you something about my son,

my son is not trouble,

misbehaved,

improperly disciplined,

naughty or mean

He’s actually a lot like me.

He just wants to talk

and I say, he should be free to do so.

 

Some STT time for once (student talking time),

not TTATT (teacher talking all the time)

Don’t live in the 19th century,

we’re innovative now

This is the time for creativity,

technology,

expression,

and talking in class.

 

Please note:                                                                                                                                          Of course, there’s a time for teachers to talk and students to listen. But I think the whole, “be quiet because I’m talking” is very old school and shouldn’t be part of an innovative classroom.