I decided to do a quick survey the other day as I was wondering just what do my students think about their teachers? How important have their teachers been in their lives, and what impact have teachers had on them? I then asked them to explain their answers. Here are the results:
38% responded teachers have been very important in their lives.
62% responded teachers have been important in their lives.
None responded teachers have been somewhat important in their lives.
None responded teachers have not been important in their lives.
For their written explanations, the following are some of the responses I received:
Nice & friendly, I could tell her anything.
They help me learn so I can have a good future.
My teachers have taught me how to become independent, be myself, and how to be strong. Teachers in my life are great.
Teachers become friends with me and other students.
They’re teaching me what I need in order to become a successful human being in society.
They’ve always been there for me, and accepted me no matter what, and always made an effort to understand. I’m thankful for that.
Teachers have been very important in my life, because they have greatly influenced me. Teachers have helped me develop into the person I am today.
Teachers have impacted my life by instilling good behavior, life lessons, and important information.
They show me I am smart and can get into a good college.
Throughout my life, the teachers I’ve had, for the most part, are very thoughtful and good at what they do. My teachers are always willing to help me if needed, and I know I can always ask them anything.
My teachers make me feel confident in my work and continue to encourage me to do better.
Thanks to their help, I’m smart.
Teachers are the people I can confide in if I need help with something. I can always expect a nice attitude if something is going on at home.
There are some teachers I see as second parents.
WOW. How ’bout that? I could just smile and cry at the same time.
That’s what my students say. Now, here is what God says…
One Body with Many Parts
1st Corinthians 12:
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles,* some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.*
14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?
Ephesians 4:16 puts it this way…
Bottom line: Our part as teachers is important. How important? Paul’s analogy of the human body makes it perfectly clear. Every part of our body is essential for our overall well being. So to is our role in the well being of our students and the building of God’s kingdom. If we as teachers don’t do our part, our students suffer, and the kingdom suffers too.
I wanted to share this with you in order to encourage and reassure you that our students believe us to be an important part of their lives. Furthermore, God tells us we play a key role, and the great significance of His big picture will help us to stand firm knowing our labor is not in vain.
Keep giving 100%.
You. Are. Important!
Blessings to you as you stay devoted this week.
…or The Walking Dead, better known as zombies these days, trickle into our classrooms everyday. Usually it’s just a few, so sometimes they may go unnoticed. That blank stare, those sad eyes, the unwillingness to participate, and that I don’t care attitude are all indicators that although they are living, their souls may be lifeless.
As I write my blog posts each week, my goal is to encourage teachers. However, sometimes encouragement isn’t achieved until we put our hands to the plow by looking into the eyes of our students, assessing if all is well, and if it’s not, reminding them of their purpose and destiny. It’s at that point we are blessed and encouraged.
This not only applies to students in our classrooms, but to anybody we encounter who has that dead look in their eyes. Amen? I know of someone in my life right now who, because of some bad choices and circumstances, needs a steady dose of reminding that God has a purpose and destiny for him.
My challenge for you and me this week is to memorize Jeremiah 29:11 and recite it to our students as often as necessary. Tweak it if you have to because of public school policy, but tell them over and over and over again how much they matter, and that they have a purpose to fulfill and a destiny to attain!
Calling in our students’ gifts and talents will also help in this endeavor. When we observe certain unique qualities in our students, we should make it a point to speak it out loud, pointing it out in front of others. I’ve seen this do wonders for a student’s morale. Performing this one act may put them back on course in life, waking them up from the dead and breathing life back into their damaged spirits.
Remember the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37?
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’ ”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ”
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Therefore, I’ll say it again! We teachers can breathe life back into the dry bones of our students by our words just like Ezekiel. The word prophesy means to speak or preach. We serve Jesus, whose death, burial, and resurrection gave us new life, new purpose, and a new destiny. Let’s share that with our students by declaring it aloud dear Christian teachers. God has a plan for our students too. Let’s speak it over them!
God bless you in your classrooms this week. Until next week, stay devoted!
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