I am an expert at this. As I sit here on Sunday afternoon, you know what I am feeling: impending dread, a tidal wave about to crash. I am looking at lesson plans that are congruent and Common Core Aligned(buzz words that get on my nerves), Rachel McBroom)If you are an educator, you are also. Since there is release and freedom in sharing our burdens, let’s release this one.
I am a good teacher. No, I am an excellent teacher. God has equipped me and called me to teach these children. They may be a well disciplined class or not, but God has me right where He wants me and I have a job to do. I can change a child’s life forever by educating and loving him/her.
Not long ago, as I prepped for the Fueled Retreat where I will lead two sessions on being a Christian teacher in a public school, I came across this great article and wanted to share. DO not be discouraged: pray constantly about our role as a teacher, for our fellow teachers, admin and for our students. We cannot and are not supposed to know how far our influence goes and in what ways God will answer those prayers.
Week one: the Keurig in my classroom bit the dust, I found 4 rose plants that I had bought last Saturday and remembered them a week later, I lost 2 lbs.
As I start a new school year, help me to remember the most important things and to keep them always in front of my face.
Those first PD days will make you wonder “What in the world did I get myself into?” We are taught to give students little bits of info at a time not to overwhelm them, and then great intentioned professionals from that central office come and do the opposite to us. We all feel that pain. Walk away and daily list your priorities. Some of that stuff does not matter-shhhhhh….
Yep. August is upon us. We must now march into a “Yay! School is back in and we are so excited about the new school year!” meeting all knowing that we are not that excited. For me, so many of my friends are retiring-HOW AM I STILL HERE?
We see kids every day coming to school as if they have been on a battlefield, not entering one at school. So many do. Families are stressed, kids are stressed, our society is stressed…and hopeless. Oh, we believers know better, don’t we? Time for some big prayers.