Loving Yourself

As I drove to school this morning, I decided to listen to one of the messages by Joyce Meyers that I still remember very well even though it was more than 3 years ago that I heard it.

The title of the message is ‘Embracing God’s love’ and in that message, Joyce Meyers preaches what she feels is the message she would preach if she only had one message to preach.

Here are some truths that resonated with me many years ago, but are still powerful reminders today:

We listen to so many sermons on such a variety of topics, but we don’t stick to one topic and conscientiously apply it for it to have significant effect in our lives.

The most important relationship that you have in the world is with yourself. If you cannot get that relationship right, then you should spend all your effort working on that before doing anything else.

Some of us are too hard on ourselves. When we are hard on ourselves, we become hard on others too. We need to learn that God loves us for who we are, that we are ‘wonderfully and fearfully made’.

We need to learn to love and take care of ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves, then God can’t work through us and we can’t do anything for others.

Most of us spend our lives trying to be someone else, but we don’t realise that God just wants us to be ourselves and not anyone else. God made you to be you and nobody else can take your place.

If you don’t love yourself, then you can’t love others because God doesn’t tell you to give what you do not have. If God’s love is not present in your relationship with yourself, then you will not be able to pour out his genuine, unconditional and real love towards those around you.

We must realise that God’s love is in us and that we are God’s temple. If we ponder on that truth long enough, it might just change our entire world view.

I shall be pondering on this truth today as I go about my activities. What a simple yet important reminder!


Useful Ipad Apps for the Classroom

I have recently begun using Ipad in class as a pedagogical tool and I’m finding it to be quite exciting. My students too have a good laugh as I toggle around and figure out how to use it effectively, but it’s been a fun journey so far.

Here are the iPad apps that have been essential for my GP lessons:

  • Stylus

    Yes, this is not an App, but it has been ever so essential in all my GP lessons. It just makes manipulating all the various apps on the Ipad that much easier, not to mention I can use it as a highlighting tool, writing tool and even as a laser pointer! More on that later!

    Styluses are very expensive in Singapore, but I managed to get mine for a good deal on dealextreme.com for only $3.99 USD with free shipping too. Be prepared to wait for about 2-3 weeks for it, but it’s worth it! The one I own looks exactly like the picture above, taken from MrGadget.com.

  • Keynote
    I’m relatively new to Mac, so I was rather impressed by Keynote!
    This serves as a far superior version of Powerpoint as it has an in-built activated laser pointer which appears when you press the touch screen. In addition, it also has Speaker Notes that appear on the Ipad screen, but not on the presentation screen. I’m still exploring this, so if anyone has more tips on how to use Keynote better, please tell me!
  • neuAnnotate

    This is one of my most used applications. It allows you to make annotations on any pdf document in pens of various colours or text annotations too. You can highlight certain portions of a passage, which has come in very handy for my teaching. In addition, you can add cute symbols like a tick sign or a huge ‘VOID’ sign which I have used for dramatic impact when I am telling students what to do.

    It’s lots of fun, especially for a GP teacher who now doesn’t have to print out multiple passages for different classes and can work on a single copy. It also saves me the hassle of having to manipulate multiple sheets of paper under a visualiser.

  • neuNote

    I have experimented with a LOT of iPad whiteboard applications, like SketchPad, Bamboo Paper and the oft-mentioned ShowMe (which allows you to record your voice while scribbling on the board, hence saving your entire lesson), but my final preference for an iPad whiteboard tool is neu.Notes. What I like about neuNotes especially is its flexibility in increasing the size of the whiteboard.

    Most other applications have limited ‘space’, meaning once you’ve used up the space they’ve provided, you either need to erase or turn to a new page. neuNote allows you to shrink the size of what you’ve already done up to create more space to include even more within the same note. It’s very useful for mindmapping and it really helps when I do essay brainstorming. The whiteboard in school is often insufficient and I end up having to erase stuff – now I have a whiteboard that has unlimited space!

  •  GeniusScan

    Technically, this is an App that I have on my iPhone but not my iPad, simply because I find the iPhone more convenient for taking photos.
    With GeniusScan, I can now easily ‘scan’ samples of my students work without having to wait for the computer terminal with the scanner to be free and then going through the usually long and tedious process of scanning. GeniusScan allows me to simply snap a picture and then adjust the area of selection. It will then convert this into an image which I can use easily to display samples of student work. The image resolution is not too bad!

These are the tools I’ve explored thus far in my short one month of using the iPad in the classroom, but they have expanded my productivity by lots indeed. If anyone has another other tools to recommend, please let me know!