Monthly Archives: August 2012

Teachers, Don’t Make Classroom Rules More Important Than Students’ Spirits!

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Teachers need to understand this about the perspective of many of their students!

As a Single Mom & a Teacher I’ll never forget when my son, Chris, was in the 4th grade. Right after the tardy bell he came to my classroom all stressed out! In the regular flurry to get 3 kids to class and prepare to teach, his ‘folder’ had not received the daily parent signature his teacher required of all the students if they didn’t want to walk ‘laps’ at recess! Even more, Chris was the kind of kid, like most are, who dreaded his teacher’s disapproval! He had asked to go to the restroom and came to my room for his folder.

I felt awful because I was the one who didn’t sign and what’s more the folder ended up in my teacher’s bag! I told him I would explain and walk him back to class and arranged for my class. We walked down the stairs and at the bottom of the stairs right by the door to his classroom, he stopped and told me that his teacher still would get ‘mad’! I will never forget what he did next. He sat down on the stairs and looked up to heaven and said, “Jesus, please come back now so I don’t have to go back in the classroom!”

I wanted to cry! I hugged him and reassured him that it would be okay. I know he and I survived that and I don’t fully remember what happened although I’m sure he does! Both of my boys survived 4th grade in her room. She was an excellent teacher in spite of her strict legalistic approach to classroom management. It was difficult to balance being ‘co-worker’ and ‘parent of student’ and we had our unfortunate clashes due to the difference in our personality. However, we learned in that ‘sandpaper’ experience and grew as sisters-in-Christ.

Never-the-LESS, this incident made me more sensitive to both my students & their parents as this daily ‘parent signature’ routine was school-wide. As a result of this experience, my perspective as a teacher on classroom management and expectations changed; as well as a parent! I evaluated the goals of routines and responsibilities given to my students and my children too.

I’m thankful that my Lord Jesus balances His Expectations & Consequences with Mercy & Grace.

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Teaching

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My heart always aches as the new school year begins. I will always miss teaching school! But I have to trust God in His plan for me. When I was forced to go on Disability in 2001 as a single mother of 3 to support, I cried “Lord, You called me to teach! How can I fulfill my calling now?!?!” He reassured me, ” for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29. In His Faithfulness, El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One, made it possible for me to support my children as He opened the door for me to teach online for 7 years! When that chapter ended I had to adjust once more but now I have been blessed to have the privilege of moderating Online Bible Studies for my church! I just realized as once more I ache over the start of another school year that this responsibility at CBC is another manifestation of the Faithfulness of God “for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Romans 11:29! God Bless All the Teachers and Students at the Start of a New School Year! ♥