As we come to the end of our school year, I just wanted to share a few pages from my book that will help you coast your way to the end. Sometimes you just need a little reminder...
Ten Tips For Better Teaching
- Purpose – Remember that you have been destined and designed for this. Regardless of what you think, God has created you, everything about you to impact the life of your students. Jeremiah 1: 5
- Prayer – Continue to pray without ceasing. Be specific in what you desire and what you need. God has promised to give you wisdom and rest. Just A.S.K. (ask, seek and knock) Matthew 7:7 and Matthew 11: 28-30
- Power – Understand that you have been given power from on high to trample the enemy. Your words, God’s Word spoken again by you are weapons against the enemy and they are life to your every need. Speak life. 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5
- Preparation – Plan up to the very end. Kids who have nothing to do can and will begin to get on your nerves. You don’t need the bible to tell you that!
- Pollinate – Although you may feel a little stretched, be willing to speak encouragement or help out a fellow teacher (especially the new ones) during this time of year. Help out those who need help in growing.
- Perseverance – 2 John 1: 8 Says it best: Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Don’t give up now.
- Personality – Nehemiah 8:10 says that “the joy of the Lord is your strength”. Now’s not the time to be a sourpuss. Draw joy and love from Jesus so that you can be a reflection of His joy, His compassion, His loving kindness towards others. Let your light so shine…
- Pleasing – Hebrews 13: 20-21 says “May the God of peace,… v21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ…” Allow God to do the work in you so that you will be pleasing to Him. In doing so, you will also become pleasing to those around you.
- Placement – Jeremiah 29:11 God knows the plans He has for you. This tip on placement is not just about a choice in grade level, school or district, but it’s much deeper than that. It’s really about trust. Trust God to place you in situations, in ear shot of conversations, around your colleagues so that you can be used HOWEVER God needs for that particular need. Someone may just need your smile or encouraging word and God places you two in the hallway alone. Every time, every situation belongs to God.
- Peace - Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in God and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct you paths. Peace comes directly from God. Seek Him and you will find it.
Hold His hand and finish this race.
Remember keep starting your Monday with the Master.