Skip to content

The Value of Human Interactions

May 23, 2015

Ive noticed this a lot lately and after a visit with a good friend and mentor in China last week  I was glad to have this most valuable conversation to get me thinking and reflecting.#time #clock_7907407544_m

What I’ve noticed is the inability for us to often have a real conversation sometimes. Case in point, I noticed my pre teen daughter and her friends walking the hall with their devices in hand. Four of them. All seemingly having a conversation but at the same time looking down at their screens. I started to think, were they really listening to each other? What were they doing on their devices anyway? I got thinking.. I do that sometimes too. Sometimes I try to multi task or finish up something on my device (a tweet, when someone comes to see me. Am I too ‘busy’ to value their time? Because thats the message I am sending.

The next time someone comes to talk to me face to face I will:

  1. Realise that it must be important enough to come and see me and value that visit
  2. Close my device,or at least  lower the lid
  3. Face that person and look at them
  4. Give them 100 percent of my attention
  5. Be an active listener and not a passive one
  6. Value that interaction and time

My friend and I talked at great lengths that most valuable resource we have as teachers (and perhaps as people) is time. Time for our learners, our own children and each other. The next time I am ‘busy’ – busy is still the boss of me these days as we wrap up our school year and plan for a change of schools, new city, completing my studies- working away on laptop or reading the latest posts of my favorite blogs, or reading some interesting tweets and someone comes up to me in person, my goal is to remember the 6 step programme and put it into action.

Because people and time are something we all value.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 23, 2015 10:06 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Administrators and any type of integrationists need to understand as well as the students themselves how important face to face time is in the building of relationships either for personal or work. As a technology integrationist I’m often promoting the use of technology for communication and collaboration, but I still promote working and meeting face to face as a first choice. Body language and intonation cannot be replicated online and one can argue even using video chat programs don’t really either.

    An article I wrote similar to your post

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: