Make the Most of Winter Parent-Teacher Conferences

"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."- Colossians 4:6 ESV For many teachers across the country, January and February are the months when winter Parent-Teacher conferences typically occur. Whether you meet with each parent in your own classroom for a small …

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Set Goals in These 7 Areas to See Success in the New Year.

“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that whoever reads it may run with it.” - Habakkuk 2:2-3 NIV It is natural for us at this time of year to reflect on the past twelve months. We may have set some resolutions to lose some weight, exercise more, get a certain job, etc. According to …

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How Schools can Recruit and Retain Great Teachers, Part I: Give Educators 6-12 Months of Paid Parental Leave

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 9:14 NIV Schools across the country are having a hard time recruiting and retaining great educators. As with many industries, pensions are being cut or reduced, insurance premiums are going …

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How Teachers Can Strengthen Relationships with Families

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor."  -Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIV The quote above rings true for so many reasons. As a teacher, we only have students for such as short time and then they move on to the next grade. Parents have a wealth of knowledge and understanding …

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Ways to Build Positive,Long-Lasting Relationships With Students and Families

"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and reluctant to become angry."- James 1:19 NIV As we get rolling with the school year, it is important to open the lines of communication not only with your new students, but with parents/guardians as well. It …

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What You Can Do Now To Prepare For Your First Year of Teaching

"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do. "- Ephesians 2:10 NIV I was beyond excited when I accepted my first teaching position. I had worked hard all of those years, completed my student teaching, passed the certification tests and was ready to start …

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