“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller
Positive thinking isn’t about burying every negative thought or emotion you have or avoiding difficult feelings. The lowest points in our lives often motivate us to move on and make positive changes. Virtual worlds can be used in all schools with primary and secondary students for educational purposes.
Virtual worlds support collaboration, creativity, decision-making, and the ability to overcome language barriers. They engage and motivate students in ways that other media sources often fail to do. The key to the efficacy of virtual worlds is interactivity, rather than immersion. This simply means that students learn by doing in this environment. Teachers best serve as facilitators in the discovery process, rather than problem solvers. Although using virtual reality in education comes with great benefits, it also comes with some disadvantages.
- At the present stage of virtual technology, users are mostly connected to the software which can be a huge challenge in a classroom environment. Since the software is pre-programmed, questions and answers are only limited to whatever questions or answers are already programmed in the system.
- Learners can easily become addicted to the use of this technology especially if their interest in the virtual world surpasses their interest in the real world.
- Some users of virtual reality goggles have reported some form of effect on their eyes after prolonged usage.
We can stay positive in this virtual world and can benefit our students with a positive outlook by adopting certain techniques. Some of them are:
Start every day on a positive note: Mornings can signify the bright start of a brand-new day. Studies show that people who express gratitude about their lives feel more optimistic and happier about their lives overall. Grab a pad of paper for your smartphone and create a list of things you hope to accomplish throughout the day. This will help you remember what is important, and make you feel prepared to take on the day.
Focus on good things: Challenging situations and obstacles are a part of life. When we’re faced with one, focus on the good things no matter how small or insignificant they may seem to be. Whenever we face such a situation, we should always think, ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, which means that there’s always a positive side to every unpleasant situation.
Open yourself up to humour: Studies have found that laughter lowers stress, anxiety, and depression. It also improves coping skills, mood, and self-esteem. Be open to humour in all situations, especially difficult ones, and permit yourself to laugh. It instantly lightens the mood and makes things seem a little less difficult.
Meditation: Meditation is the habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its many health benefits. You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.
Ask for help: We’re all experiencing challenges right now—everyone has been affected in some way by this situation. Have honest conversations with those around you about what’s working and what isn’t.
Check-in with others: We’ve lost the opportunity for more informal catch-ups like meeting over a cup of coffee or passing one another in the hall. Reach out to your colleagues with a quick email, message, or video call to see how they are doing and if they need support. Interactions don’t always have to be scheduled meetings.
Give yourself a break: For many of us, we’ve never worked harder or longer hours. This crisis has also been particularly challenging for some people as they balance a job on top of running a household. It’s okay to relax your standards a bit—the house might not be as clean, or the dinner as creative, as you might normally like. But cheer yourself on… it’s amazing what we’re doing.
With any major change, it can be challenging to find our footing, but there are always opportunities to adapt and thrive. By adopting above mentioned tips we can stay positive in the virtual world and can excel in the field of imparting the best education to the students by enlightening their way of life with the lamp of wisdom having a brightness of optimism and glow of truthfulness.