The bell rings and chaos ensues. Kids are chatting it up, a few are wandering around, and basically no one is paying attention to you. You raise your voice and flick the lights and do just about everything you can to get their attention and start teaching. And just as the class is starting to settle down, Andy and Kasie run into the room – late again – and just like that you’ve lost control again.
Marriage is under attack from all sides in our society. Sometimes the battle lines are clear, but other times the attack is way more subtle – so subtle, in fact, that I’m not even sure those involved realize what they’re doing. But the damage is being done just the same. Read More →
We’re all very busy. Whether you’re a teacher, a parent, or both, there’s always so much to get done. Too much, in fact.
Have you ever felt like you’re just not making any progress? Maybe it’s with your personal growth, your career, a new hobby, or your marriage. Or maybe you’re pouring your heart into your kids or your students and it just seems like they’re not getting it – like everything you say and do is going in one ear and out the other.
Few professions have a steeper learning curve than teaching. From classroom management to lesson planning to communicating with parents, there’s a lot to figure out. And with so much at stake that first week of school, and a few rookie mistakes can produce problems for the rest of the year.
As teachers we have so many things vying for our attention at every moment. A distressing email from a parent, a student who needs help with his homework, and of course – that monstrous pile of grading that’s sitting on our desk.
How do we help our students develop a Biblical worldview without just turning them into puppets who can parrot back the “right” answers? How do we instill in them true wisdom and get it from their heads into their hearts? How do we integrate Biblical truths into our curriculum? And how does this jive with the goal of having measurable standards?
Love is powerful.
In our homes, in our classroom, love is what makes the biggest impact, what changes hearts and minds. We’ve seen its power. We know what it’s capable of.
We all know that our students talk about us. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes bad. Sometimes it’s cruel or unfair, and sometimes it’s right on the mark.