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As I will be in Europe in April/May/June, there will only be two newsletters this term.
My PD Updates
Monday 22nd May - Hereford, England
Wednesday 24th May - London, England
I will be in New Zealand in October. If you have any contacts in New Zealand who would be interested in hosting a PD in early childhood music and movement, please let me know their contact details and I will contact them direct. Many thanks.
The Death Clock ' Your Choice
I read something interesting in a newsletter recently about the Death Clock. The writer had calculated statistically that he had 39 years left to live. He was making the point that he had better get on with making a difference in the world. That was a good reason to focus on the Death Clock, to think of ways of doing good, but to me he missed the point. If you think you've got 39 years (or however long) you can become fixed on that. You can either think you've got plenty of time and so you do nothing. Or, what if you had calculated you only had five years? You would be convinced you were going to die so you'd live it up and at more or less the appointed time you probably would die. Remember the man locked in the refrigerator van overnight? He was convinced he was going to freeze to death so he died. In fact the thermostat was broken so it was a pleasant temperature and the van was even ventilated so he couldn't have suffocated. His belief system, not reality, killed him. How about this as an alternative? How about choosing to live every day as though it's your last, because one day it will be? How would you like people to remember you on your last day on the planet? Wouldn't it be nice if they thought of you in positive terms? In terms related to your ability to see both sides of an issue, to be the peace-maker, for your attitude of abundance, of joy, of benevolence?
Let me tell you the story of Alan Pease. I have had
the pleasure of hearing Alan Pease of Body Language fame presenting
keynote addresses many times. On one such occasion he talked about the
Death Clock. I liked the inspirational message he delivered about paying
no attention whatsoever to it. The phrase 'there are lies, damned lies,
and then there are statistics' came to mind. Alan had been diagnosed with
cancer. This was due to financial stress. He had made a lot of money out
of Body Language, the book and BBC TV series, and related speaking
engagements. He thought he was a multi-millionaire. Unfortunately his
accountant had embezzled all his money and he was not only not wealthy but
seriously in debt. The accountant was gaoled but Alan was still broke.
He wrote his next best seller, Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read
Road Maps. This took several years to produce and then recover
financially but the strain took its toll on his health.
So the moral of the story is - choose how to live.
A tour bus driver is driving with a bus load of seniors down a highway when he is tapped on his shoulder by a little old lady. She offers him a handful of peanuts, which he gratefully munches up.
After about 15 minutes, she taps him on his shoulder again and she hands him another handful of peanuts. She repeats this gesture about five more times.
When she is about to hand him another batch again he asks the little old lady, "Why don't you eat the peanuts yourself?"
"We can't chew them because we've no teeth", she replied.
The puzzled driver asks, "Why do you buy them then?"
The old lady replied, "We just love the chocolate around them."
As a new Kindy Teacher, I am extremely excited about using Kidz Fiz Biz in my classroom. Having completed the Professional Development workshop two years ago, while working in Middle Primary and Physical Education, I can see the immense benefits that this music and movement program will have in my early childhood classroom. Kidz Fiz Biz caters for children of all abilities; I can already forsee that it will be of great benefit to my students with special needs, as well as extending the music and dance skills of the more capable students in my room. Thank you Marlene for putting together such a wonderful program, and making it easy to follow and use - the essential qualities I look for in any good teaching resource.
Lisa McClue, Kindergarten teacher, Our Lady of Grace, North Beach WA.
|About The Author
Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA
Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her 'Kidz-Fiz-Biz' program.