This week we will be highlighting my brand new e-book Create Your Dream Classroom: Your Summer Strategy to Save Your Sanity, Escape the Rut, or Sharpen Your Skills. This e-book consists of fifty short daily readings that are designed to save the sanity of new teachers and bring fresh ideas to veterans. You can find out more about the book here or download it here.
Many people have asked me why I decided to write a book, which I suppose is a good question. So here’s the story.
First, a little background. I absolutely love teaching and have had the privilege to teach middle school math for four years. Last fall, however, I had a baby and knew that I needed to take a break from teaching so that I could be at home to raise my son. God provided amazingly to meet our financial needs for this first year away from teaching, but we knew that this was only a temporary solution. I started wracking my brains for ways that I could help contribute to our family’s income from home. The ideas ranged from telecommuting to real estate investing to tutoring and more. I’ll have to admit, I was starting to get a little crazy.
At the peak of my panic, I sensed God telling me that I needed to pause my frantic searching and spend time praying and listening. You see, my mind was so full of my own thoughts that I couldn’t hear God’s answers. So I decided that I would stop brainstorming ideas for a few days and just pray about the situation and listen for God’s response. As I was praying, an idea just popped into my head – this idea – to write an e-book for fellow teachers that would share the lessons I had learned. For the first time, I had an idea that wasn’t my idea. This was God’s idea, and it was so much better than any of the plans I had come up with on my own.
I had always wanted to write a book someday, but I just pictured it as something I would do eventually, not now. But I don’t know what I was waiting for. Writing this book was an absolute pleasure. It was so fun to get my thoughts out on paper and to write encouragements to other teachers. That’s the best kind of work – the kind that you would do even if you never got paid. And that’s truly how I feel about this book. While the idea was born out of a need to help provide financially for my family, the main goal of my writing is to help and be a blessing to my fellow teachers.
As I share in the book, when I first started teaching I made a lot of rookie mistakes. I don’t know if other people thought my first-year classroom was a disaster, but I sure felt like it was. Or at least I knew it could be way better than it was. I learned so many valuable lessons from fellow teachers, administrators, and through reading books on classroom management. As I grew as a teacher, I became more effective, and my classroom became well-managed and efficient. My desire is to share the lessons I learned with other teachers – to encourage and reinvigorate veterans but particularly to help new teachers quickly conquer the extreme learning curve.
I am thrilled with the how the book turned out and pray that it will be a blessing to many teachers. The education of our children in vital, and Christian teachers need to be the best they can be in order to not only teach their students academics but also to disciple them to become dedicated followers of Jesus Christ.
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