Steady Island (Rock Steady!) 1st Corinthians 15:58

Steady, steadfast, immovable, rock solid… these are traits that our students need to see us demonstrate day in and day out in our classrooms.  But what, you ask, does that have to do with an island?  Ha!  Stay tuned and you’ll find out today on the vlog.

Not only that, but yes, I actually do a cheer for you at the end.  Hey, whatever it takes right?!  Seriously though teachers, many of our students, unfortunately, don’t receive the benefits from having stability in their lives, bless their hearts.  Stability is a gift we can give our students, and the formula for it is found, you guessed it, in the Word of God.

Remember, what you do for The Lord in your classroom can’t be overstated.  It’s very important, and thank you for being steadfast, immovable…. always abounding in the work of The Lord!  God bless you and stay tuned…

Steady Island

#StabilityIsAGift   #SteadyLikeTheRock  #RockSteady

Don’t forget to Put A Candle In Your Window teachers!

Attention USA & World… God Is In Our Public School Classrooms!

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I came across this quote the other day and I LOVE IT!  It shares what we talk about at Devotions for Teachers all the time.  Isn’t it encouraging to know that since God is everywhere and He is in us, then He is in our classrooms and can change hearts and minds as a result?  AMEN!

So, here is a friendly reminder for you today:  Don’t forget to put A Candle in Your Window and let your light shine, dear Christian teacher!

#ShiningInOurClassrooms

Who Was The Best Teacher, EVER?

Jesus

That would be Jesus of course!  Since that is the case, we should follow His example to the best of our ability in our classrooms.  Well then, just how did He teach?  Here are a few of His methods:

  • Illustrations

  • Parables (Stories)

  • Sermons (Read the Sermon on the Mount & see how He compares/contrasts!)

  • Straight Talk

  • By example (His sinless life, prayer, faith, healing, love)

  • Repetition of Scripture

  • Sacrifice

Are you following His example in your classroom?  Let’s make it our goal to teach like Jesus!  What do you think teachers?  Let’s do this!

#FollowHisExample

Prayer and a Candle In The Window

Candle in the windowMy fellow Christian teachers, would you please join me in giving birth to a new movement called A Candle in the Window?
I’m an 80’s girl.  I graduated high school in 1983 (go ERHS Pioneers!) and college in 1987 (go UTC Mocs!).  I also fell in love in the 80’s and married my foxy (If you don’t know what that word means, just substitute the word “hot” instead!) husband, Keith, in ’87 as well. :) So needless to say, I LOVE 80’s music.  Besides Christian music, 80’s music is the only music I will crank up in my Suburban as I mosey on down the road.
So, that got me to thinking.  (Sorry for my not so creative grammar to all you LA teachers out there.) As I tossed and turned in bed last night, the 80’s band REO Speedwagon was singing the song “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” in my oh, so tired brain.  Yes, they were singing to me, lol!  Then, all of a sudden, the phrase candle in the window jumped off the pages of my mind and lit up like the fourth of July!  Sounds a little strange, I know, but I’m thinking you also encounter those restless nights when thoughts are racing around in your head a hundred+ miles per hour.
What in the world does a candle in the window mean, and what does it have to do with encouraging Christian teachers in the classroom, you may ask?  It has a lot to do with it, and it’s the topic of the video blog today. Tune in to find out!
Additionally, I am asking you to put a candle in your window at school.  I have 3 windows in my classroom – one by the door as you enter and two that are on the outside wall of our school. I have placed mine on the windowsill by the door (see above), and even though the Fire Marshall forbids lighting candles at school, it still represents a praying teacher!  There is a three-fold purpose in doing so…
  • As a reminder to pray for my students
  • As a reminder to pray for my administrators
  • As a reminder to pray for my fellow teachers in my school and around the world
 and there is a three-fold outcome…
  • By doing this together, we will make a huge impact on our school and all over the world!
  • By identifying ourselves in this manner, we will know and encourage one another in a clear and concise way.
  • And finally, by placing our candle in the window, we are telling the world we are there to make a difference for Christ!
Will you join me in spreading the word? Let’s do this together, dear Christian teachers! Pray, put a candle in your window,  and let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

#CandleInTheWindow

The Take On is More Important than the Take Off!

Summer break is nearly over.  I can’t believe it, can you?  In a couple of days, the kiddos will be returning, another school year will be taking off, and we will be taking on the high calling of teaching yet again. As much as I enjoy summer break, teaching gives me purpose, and a life without purpose is no life at all. Amen?!
Teachers, the take on is extremely important!  Therefore, before the take off, I’m reposting Awaken! Arise! Fight the Good Fight of Faith!  Are you awake?  Have you arisen? Are you fighting the good fight of faith?  If not, or if you need a reminder of what it’s all about, then this video blog will give you the swift kick in the rump you’ll need to take off for sure! :)
One more item of business before the school year takes off is to remember the boycott of Wal-mart. Please participate and pass the word on to your fellow teachers.  Click Christian Teachers Boycott Wal-mart to learn all about it if you haven’t heard already.
My challenge for you this school year is to Awaken! Arise! & Fight the Good Fight of Faith.  This month, not only will we take off on another adventurous school year, but Devotions for Teachers takes off on its 3rd year of encouraging teachers in the classroom.  I can’t wait!!

The End of the Year Rut

Yep, I’m officially in it.  Are you?  Matter of fact, it’s so bad, the first thing I did this morning when I entered my classroom was recite, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!  I confess, I was a little overwhelmed thinking about getting through the day when I walked in. (I know there are just a few of you out there who understand what I’m talking about, right?!)
The countdown  is on!

The countdown is on!

So let me shout it – I HATE RUTS – and I know you do too!  So how do we get through them?  One way is to keep Isaiah 40:31 a breath away:  Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.
And the other ways?…. That’s what the video blog is about today.  Stay tuned, and maybe, just maybe, we can all get through this together!
One last note – this will be the last video blog of this school year.  As far as I know now, Devotions for Teachers will continue next year and will as long as the Lord bestows upon me the passion to produce it!  I do have a working title for the first blog of next year, Jesus, the Model Teacher.  I guess we’ll see. :)
Many blessings to you.  Stay devoted to God teachers, and have a wonderful summer break!

Building Rapport With Our Students

Last week, we talked about how teachers were leaving the profession due, in part, to having difficulties managing student behavior.  Specifically, I addressed That Class That Drives You Up The Wall, as most of us have those from time to time, and there are tried and true remedies to help us all in that situation.
However, I really believe the #1 way to manage classroom behavior is in building a rapport with our students.  When you respect them, they in turn will respect you – and one way you can show them respect is by building a rapport with them.  I cannot overstate the importance of doing this!
Where do we begin?  Well, it begins by how we greet our students when they come to our door each day, day in and day out.  Notice I said to our door, not in our door, as we should always be standing in the hall by our door as they come in every day. (This is my humble opinion, of course.) The tone for everything that follows takes place right there at our door as we greet our students!  Don’t miss this golden opportunity!
Not only do I share with you the importance of greeting your students properly in this vlog, but I also give you several practical examples of how to greet your students, so stay tuned.  Please excuse my corniness at the beginning…I originally posted this in October, and I demonstrated greeting my students with a couple of pumpkins in my class.  Lord, help me! ;)
God bless you, teachers, as you bless your students.  Have a wonderful week!