Devotions for Teachers

Do I Smell Faith?

Outside, a bus rumbled to a stop. Voices swarmed into the hall. Bang, slam, clomp, clomp, stomp, stomp. Quietness fled as the classroom door opened. The Gr. 3’s were back from a field trip. … read more.

Will Someone Get the Lights?

Have you attended a spirited church/school staff or board meeting lately? Here is one you may want to avoid: … read more.

Number Sense

A staff member and two younger boys who shared birthdays were being honoured during a school wide event. The staff member leaned down and spoke to the Gr. 1 student standing in front of him. … read more.

My Wallet & Keys, They Comfort Me?

In preparation for school departure each morning, a teacher always hung his jacket in the same place, with wallet and keys in the same pocket. One day, however, the jacket was gone. He couldn’t be late to school—he was leading staff devotions. As wallet and keys eluded, anxiety rose, peace fled, family members were late to work, steps were retraced. “Check the trailer—you were out there yesterday”. A mad dash revealed the jacket, with wallet and keys inside. … read more.

The End

What? End of the year? Am I done? But…this year has been way too much fun! … read more.

Stress Test

(Adaptable for a skit) (loosely based on the January 2012 article from Learn. Teach. Lead., regarding Mayo Clinic’s suggested strategies for getting stress under control) 2 Corinthians 7:5 Paul was stressed? Yes. Many times. That may make you say, … read more.

Rain is Raining

If you’ve spent any time in the northwest, then you’ve observed the plethora of precipitation options. Given that, it’s always a bit exciting to check the variable verbiage on the daily forecast, just so you can dress for the weather. Here are some predictions which will never appear: Rain with no clouds. Sunny with a chance of clouds … read more.

Phonetic Faith

Do you ever long for the simple faith of a child? Do you wish you could believe what the Bible said was true—just because--instead of being filled with questions and uncertainty? Read on. … read more.

Positively Negative?

We teach positives and negatives in many subjects, as in Math, Science, and Literature. Sometimes we even receive them, free of charge, from parents, coworkers, and family. How should we handle these? Very carefully, or they will become positives and NEGATIVES. … read more.

Scaling Down

During a professional development day, staff learned about the 5-Point Scale (K. D. Buron & M. Curtis). Number 1 (green) is your optimum sunny disposition. Number 5 (red) is your terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad self, with other colours, numbers, and actions between. … read more.

An Alarming Thought

The school alarm had gone off at 4 a.m. (It’s OK to laugh if you weren’t the one phoned at 4 a.m.) An intruder? No. A vandal? Wrong. The real culprit? … read more.

Breathing

“Mrs. Zildenhoffer, Wilfred is chasing me, and he’s going to hit me!” One look at Wilfred, and you know he won’t back off easily. He’s in a crisis mode. “Wilfred, breathe.” Just breathe, Wilfred. In and out. In and out. That’s it. In a bit, we’ll go on to the next step in the behavior plan. But for now… … read more.

Stuff Too Heavy To Lift

The shrink-wrap is barely off of the new school year, and the smell of wax and new white board markers rule the air. Staff members dribble in for their meeting before the students arrive next week. Some flop gratefully into a chair. Others fidget, glancing at their watches. Listen in on their various thoughts as the principal begins. … read more.

You Can Run…

Can’t…do this anymore. Can’t…handle it. Too much…stress. Why did I ever come here? Afraid…so…afraid. Must…hide. Can’t…let them find me. But where? Here…they’ll never look here. Can’t see me…from the window in the door. It’s dark…quiet…. … read more.

If I Had a Hundred…a Teacher’s Perspective

The Gr. 1 class counted their 100 footsteps out the door to the asphalt area, clutching their bags of 100 items. Their instructions –line up the items beginning at the end of the asphalt. And they’d better keep at it—it might rain. 1, 2, 3… … read more.

Test or Blessed?

A teacher rarely gave breaks to her international students, but could see that they needed one on this day. “OK, class, you have five minutes to walk around, talk a bit, and stretch.” After a stunned silence, a student said, "I'm not sure what I think of this. I think maybe you're testing us." Later in the day… … read more.

Black and White…

Not teaching, that’s for sure… Teacher: “Class, has anyone seen the black white-board marker?” (I really want to start the lesson, but I’m tired of things not here when I need them. I’ll just ask this simple question and we can get on with it.) Student #1: “I put it back this morning!” (Wow—guilt! Though I did take it, the important thing is it’s out of my hands now, so please don’t accuse me.) … read more.

Mud

t had been a rainy year. Our unpaved school parking lot was a small mud pit. However, I didn’t realize just how muddy it was until I arrived that Monday morning and saw the elephant giving himself a bath in one of the parking spots. “What’s with the elephant?” I called to a coworker who was schlooping through the mire with her school bag. “Which elephant?” she called back. … read more.

I’ll File Away, Oh Glory!

The office in a public building was being vacated. In the hall on a pile of boxes lay a random paper with an attached note-- “file away somewhere”. Though my own filing system tended toward the haphazard, I still had questions… … read more.

What They Didn’t Teach Me in Teacher’s School

~I would never have a good night’s sleep on the eve of the first day of school ~The least expensive glue sticks would not always be the best ~To find out how strong my stomach is, wait till the first kid throws up in my classroom ~I may be hired based on things I could do besides teach … read more.

It’s That Time

It’s that time, That happy-sad time. The “have a good summer” time— With the “See-you-next-year” smile. … read more.

Don’t Jump Ship

If you are a high-school student or work with them, sailing the briny sea could be a reality for you. Boarding a S.A.L.T.S (Sea And Life Training Society) ship, you enter a world without cell phones, iPods, MP3 and CD players, video games, gum, and other necessities of life. Can’t wait to grab a lawn chair as soon as you get on deck? Oops—sorry, there are none here. … read more.

Why God Made Worms

A gaggle of motionless kids in the field attracted the recess duty-teacher’s attention. They were gathered around a lone worm. She stood back to observe. “He’s having a baby! I know it!” “Everybody stand back—let it have room!” “He’s don’t have babies.” … read more.

Seaside Moments

There are very few “sitting” moments in a teacher’s day. Sure, you may find yourself attached to your chair-- marking, observing, helping--but not the “cup your chin in your hands” sit where you can breathe deeply and just—well…sit. … read more.

“Ah” Moments for Teachers

Throwing away a sticky-note Learning that, yes, you can indeed have some of that cake in the fridge Having a staff meeting cancelled Receiving a thank-you note from that parent Arriving at school without spilling any coffee on yourself … read more.