Life learned in a school of fish
by Maria Lourdes A. de Vera, RN
The schools of fish were just amazing! Swirling and in perfect harmony with the environment. Whether under the sea or in a pond, they have a wonderful way of being together. Flowing and moving towards the same direction. United as one moving body. The way they do it through simple synchronicity. Each fish seemingly connected with and with the greater whole. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
It is fascinating to witness synchronized movements. Coordinated but not stereotyped. Becoming one without losing that sense for individuality. To each his own, responding even in the most primitive way.
It reminds me of being a class teacher whether in grade school or in the university requires the creative capacity to harmonize each person towards the whole. The capacity of the teacher to bring the class into synchronicity is essential in maintaining the order of flow. Every class is unique and every child is a beautiful participant of the class. While Synchronicity is achieved easily in a school of fishes; the case is different in human societies like schools, communities and government. Flowing and moving together is a challenging act.
Experience flow as natural as breathing. It is being conscious or aware of the subtleties in the ordinary events of school life and learning how to respond to it. Synchronicity happens naturally and cannot be created, controlled, or ruled out. In any given class, it passes through and from the teacher living a life of flow, making synchronicity to show up.
Children pick up synchronicity easily but older students tend to experience difficulty in finding oneself part of the flow. However, it is possible.
The excellent teacher is someone who makes learning happy and possible. Students will forget the teacher’s name, her subject but the process of how they learned will always be remembered. It’s that Eureka moment with them. How you manage your class with all differing opinion and personalities is the power of dynamic flow of leverage.