This past week I had the opportunity to present, share and learn while attending the Riding the Wave Conference in Gimli, Manitoba. Some great learning, coupled with a number of wonderful colleagues, set with the beautiful Gimli backdrop made for an awesome few days. It was time well spent.
During one of the sessions I attended facilitated by Brandon educator, Allison Greig, she shared this video entitled, “The Time you Have (in Jellybeans)”.
I love jelly beans. Red and black ones tend to top my list but it is not the allure of candy that spoke to me about this video. Seeing a visual representation of the average lifespan depicted with jelly beans, and witnessing how quickly they vanish once we start counting them out through the lens of how we spend our time is a powerful analogy. Check it out…
The Time you Have in Jellybeans…Time Spent on Average ( in Days)
28 835 days- the average lifespan
8 477 spent sleeping
1 635 spent eating, drinking or preparing food
3 202 at work
1 099 commuting
2 676 watching tv or its equivalent
1 576 doing chore-like activities
564 caring for the needs of others
671 bathing, grooming etc
721 community activities
That doesn’t leave a whole lot of time….just under 3000 days. What are we choosing to do with that open, flexible time? How can we make the most of it?
Life is short. We never know what’s around the next corner. Time is precious. There are many applicable idioms that encourage us to make the most of the time we do have. Finding what makes us happy, what we love to do, and what we are passionate about can help us fill some of these 3 000 days in a rewarding, meaningful, fulfilling way. If you follow this blog, you know the word in its title “Meraki” means, “the soul, creativity or love you put into something.”. Finding our “Meraki” can help us make those near 3 000 days really count.
As educators, we have the unique opportunity to support our students in learning to value time spent doing things we enjoy from an early age. We have the chance to honour student voice, student choice and student agency by offering students the opportunity to personalize their learning path through student-driven, project-based, inquiry inspired learning in our classrooms. AJ Juliani poses the related question below:
If we did a comparable jelly bean video analogy analyzing the time we spend over the course of these 14 256 hours in schools, what would the break down look like? How many jelly beans would we move out representing compliance driven assignments, busy work or tasks focused on rote memorization of facts? How many jelly beans would be tagged to highly meaningful, and relevant learning? How many jelly beans would involve opportunities that both engage and empower learners?
We need to be intentional in all that we do and ensure that the 14 000 hours our students spend in schools is time well spent.