WE NEED WA­TER

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

JOY F. BANGAYAN

Do you have students who con­stantly make ex­cuses? Do they try to blame away poor grades and be­hav­ioral in­frac­tions on their teach­ers or fel­low students with­out as­sum­ing any re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions? Do they mis­char­ac­ter­ize their mis­takes while re­count­ing the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties to a par­ent? Is there any­thing you can do to change their ways?

Mak­ing students ac­count­able for their own suc­cess isn’t easy, but for­tu­nately your col­leagues have some tried and true ap­proaches to help students step up to the plate and be­come re­spon­si­ble learn­ers, and cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive and re­spect­ful group at­mos­phere for students

One place to start is cre­at­ing a class­room at­mos­phere that is con­ducive to ac­count­abil­ity and re­spon­si­ble learn­ing. “Es­tab­lish, prac­tice, and en­force ex­pec­ta­tions and con­se­quences,” says Kate Or­tiz, a re­tired teacher and class­room man­age­ment ex­pert. “The goal is for students to take own­er­ship of their own be­hav­ior. Cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive group identity and help­ing each stu­dent know that they are part of the group helps.”

By treat­ing their students as adults, but also re­mind­ing them that they are part of the larger class, and so be­lieves that teach­ers who work to cre­ate a re­spect­ful group men­tal­ity will have a greater chance of pro­mot­ing per­sonal ac­count­abil­ity in their students. Think it is im­por­tant mes­sage through your de­meanor and tone that you care about the students. Much the same way you are hap­pier and more will­ing to work for a prin­ci­pal who val­ues your work ,students re­spond bet­ter to a teacher who work hard into ‘these are the worst students’stigma and in­stead tries to get to know them and mod­els re­spect­ful be­hav­ior, even when re­spond­ing to dis­re­spect.”

— oOo—

The au­thor is Teacher III at Tal­imundok El­e­men­tary School, Di­vi­sion of Ma­bal­a­cat (P)

EU­NICE C. GALANG

I have read Wa­ter Ther­apy book and I’ve learn a lot from it. Wa­ter is a miracle liq­uid that can cure a lot of ill­nesses and dis­eases. Other than this book I have read a lot of ar­ti­cles from mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers and other jour­nals re­gard­ing wa­ter ben­e­fits.

Teach­ers like us sel­dom drink wa­ter as we are too en­grossed with our school/ pa­per works or some­times our room is far from the re­stroom. So we end up short to the re­quired 8 glasses of wa­ter per day.

Now, let me share with you sum­mary of what I have learned;

Did you know…

1. Peo­ple who drive while de­hy­drated makes many of the mis­takes in judg­ment and are largely at the same risks of ac­ci­dent and in­jury as are in­di­vid­u­als who are drunk. 2. Up to 60% of our body weight is made of wa­ter.

3. The heart is ap­prox­i­mately 73% wa­ter.

4. The lungs are about 83% wa­ter.

5. The skin is 64 % wa­ter.

6. Mus­cles and kid­neys are 79% wa­ter.

7. Bones are wa­tery at 31%.

8. Wa­ter aids in the elim­i­na­tion of tox­ins and wastes through the kid­neys and liver. 9. As the brain is 83 % wa­ter, the liq­uid needed is sim­ply wa­ter, with­out good hy­dra­tion, thought pro­cesses can be slower. An un­der hy­drated brain can re­sult in headaches, tired­ness, ir­ri­tabil­ity and even de­pressed moods.

10. Slug­gish­ness of the cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem can pre­cip­i­tate the on­set of heart dis­ease in those who do not rou­tinely hy­drate them­selves.

11. Some other func­tions of wa­ter within the body;

> Lubri­cat­ing the joints

> Reg­u­lates body tem­per­a­ture

> Keep­ing the skin / lips moist and healthy.

> Helps in the de­vel­op­ment of strong mus­cles.

> Act­ing as shock ab­sorber to the brain and spinal cord.

Tips that will help us hy­drate in our work­ing place.

1. In­fuse your wa­ter with herbs or a re­fresh­ing com­bi­na­tion of cu­cum­ber slices and lemons to your wa­ter’s taste and ap­peal.

2. Use a straw and you’ll drink more and faster.

3. Don’t wait un­til you are thirsty, this is an in­di­ca­tion the body is al­ready de­hy­drated.

4. When driv­ing a dis­tance, hy­drate well be­fore leav­ing and drink wa­ter along the w ay.

Now my friends let us drink more wa­ter as it gives life just like the LIV­ING WA­TER that re­freshes our soul.

The au­thor is Mas­ter Teacher — oOo—

I at Pam­panga High School

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