That we should serve in the newness of spirit….
Romans 7:6 (KJV)
Prayer and Meditation
As a teacher I continue to recognize that I have been called by God for a special mission, a mission of service to His children. As I put aside all of the disappointments, disillusions, and frustrations of last year, I ask for a renewal of my faith in God and a newness of spirit that will manifest itself in my family, my classroom, and my community. May the Holy Spirit enable me to live a Christian life and prompt me to continue to offer my heart to others.
The Actions of Prayerful Teaching
- Look back at the last several months. Concentrate on all things positive. What went right? What was your proudest moment? What was your greatest success story? Perhaps you might want to write these moments
down to bolster your soul in times if you experience times of doubt and
- Determine what changes you would like to see in your
classroom. Devise an action plan to make
these changes a reality. Change can be
implemented at any time. It knows no
calendar date. If something is not
working, change it.
- Promise yourself that you will try one new
instructional practice each month. Pick
a monthly target date such as the third Wednesday of each month. The new instruction practice might be a paper
and pencil graphic organizer, involve a new technology, a rearrangement of
desks, or a plan to streamline your work or classroom procedures.
- Find something positive about each student. Run the list through your head or, if you
have time, write each student’s name on an index card. As you uncover the gifts each student brings
to you, write it on the card.
Concentrate on the students who have little written on their card.
- Resolve that you will never hold a grudge against
any student. The actions and attitudes
of students cannot be taken personally.
Always remember your calling and that you are the adult whom God has
bestowed upon a special mission.
Challenge of the Week
At the end of the day, or at the end of the week, determine your proudest moment. This will not necessarily involve your brightest, most eager student. Chances are it will be a small step taken by one of your most challenging students.
God Bless and Prayerful Teaching,
Elizabeth A. Wink