Dealing with Conflict in the Workplace

"Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."-Colossians 3:13 ESV If you stay long enough at a school or other type of career, you will inevitably encounter some sort of conflict. This is a part of human …

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10 Ways We Can Build Better Rapport With Our Students

"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."-Theodore Roosevelt Building Rapport Takes Time As a teacher it is easy to get caught up in the curriculum, planning, and grading. We sometimes lose sight that a human connection could be the main reason that a student chooses to come to …

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How to Serve Learners from All Walks of Life-Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”- Matthew 19:14 NIV I learned this week that our building has something really cool happening this school year. A local shoe company was donating shoes for students in our building. Not …

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Planning Ahead for Unique Needs in Your Classroom

" Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."- Proverbs 16:3 NIV After the 4th of July, many of us realize that we have about a month or so left of summer break before we report back for professional development, setting up our classrooms, and begin preparing for the year …

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Experiential Learning Lasts a Lifetime

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3 NIV Make Learning Memorable Elementary and secondary students alike will not always remember the lessons you taught them in class, but they will remember the key experiences you gave them. Each year, the elementary school in which I …

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Navigating The Stressors of Teaching

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” - Luke 5:16 NIV First year growing pains can be tough in any career, but they can be especially tough in the field of education. The first year teacher endures a lot of long hours, curriculum and lesson planning, and learning how to work with new staff, …

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Students Who Know the Target are More Likely to Hit It

"Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress."- 1 Timothy 4:14-15 NIV In our home we have a large ruler in our kitchen that we …

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4 Ways We Can Increase Student Achievement Today-And No, Homework is Not One of Them

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me. "-Philippians 4:13 ESV One of the biggest undertakings and most rewarding part of our careers is helping students become well-rounded individuals. We are trying to develop students who can become critical thinkers in today's ever-changing world. This means we need to be getting the most …

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Establishing Meaningful Routines for Children: Teaching Study Skills and Responsibility to Children

"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way."- Psalm 37:23 ESV Last week we looked at ways to make meaningful morning and afternoon routines for students. Routines help children with consistency and accountability. If one has ever started a New Year's resolution and then stopped briefly, you know …

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