Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Take Ten - Listening Well

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I believe that the inability to listen well is endemic within our society.
Author Stephen Covey said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Hearing and listening are NOT the same thing. Hearing is simply the physical ability to perceive sound. Listening, however, is something much, much deeper.

Friday, 15 January 2021

TABLEtalk is back!!!


 TABLEtalk started again yesterday 😀😀

It was sooooooooo wonderful last night to welcome back familiar faces from last term, but also to welcome eight newcomers to TABLEtalk.  Amongst the students we had a wide range of nations represented, including: Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Lithuania, Jordan, Thailand, Iran, Austria, Hungary, Nigeria, UK and South Korea (hope I haven't missed anyone??).

Last night was primarily a social, getting-to-know you evening. There was a lot of opportunity to chat in breakout rooms and find out more about each other.

We also played a 'game' called "Would you rather ..."  Initially, I presented the whole group with two questions to respond to:
1. Would you rather visit the Antarctic or the Sahara Desert?
2. Would you rather go into the past to visit your ancestors or travel into the future to meet your great, great grandchildren?

Then there was time in smaller groups for students to create and discuss their own 'would you rather ...' questions.  As always, I was blown away by the creativity of thinking 😀  Here's just a sample of some of the other questions asked:

Would your rather give up
music or give up books?
Would you rather get
married or live alone?
Would you rather be able
to fly or be invisible?
Would you rather star in a scary movie
or in a romantic movie?
Would you rather starve for 5 days
each month or have 5 days of meals
cooked by complete strangers

The topic for next week is going to be based around music and our question to think about in advance is  ...  how important is music within your culture?

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Take Ten - UBUNTU

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Take Ten - UBUNTU

Ubuntu is seen as the essence of being human … it says: “I AM because YOU ARE.” Our humanity is shaped through relationship – we learn to talk, to walk, to interact, to communicate through relationship. We need each other. We learn from each other. We shape each other.

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Take Ten - Purpose Driven Life

Author Mark Twain, once said, “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

In his book 'Purpose Driven Life' Rick Warren says “Most people struggle with three basic issues in life.

The first is IDENTITY – “Who am I?”

The second is IMPORTANCE – “Do I matter?”

The third is IMPACT - “What is my place in life?”

How do we go about living a purpose driven life?

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Take Ten - Purpose Driven Life