I know, today is not Tuesday. But this is a post for teachers that should have been written weeks ago. I’ve been suffering from a root canal resulting in lots of pain, and it has taken longer to recover than I would like.
My local church has adopted a nearby middle school and an elementary school for the past few years. As a teacher I was on the receiving end when they brought us lunch on in-service days and provided school supplies for our large enrollments of children living in poverty.
As a retired teacher I enjoyed blessing teachers a few weeks ago with a simple lunch and then buying school supplies for church members to load into backpacks — for every child in the school! It is a blessing to give back and show appreciation for teachers who are so stressed these days. I look forward to volunteering at the elementary school for tutoring in reading.
My Prayer to Teachers
I pray that God bless you this year, whether you are just beginning to arrange your classroom or whether you have already been in school for a a few weeks.
I pray that you are blessed with
- courage to do what is best for your students
- courage to analyze whatever “new” mandate is being pushed this year
- courage to hold fast to classroom rules or procedures to foster a productive learning environment
- and courage to bend those procedures in necessary
- physical strength to meet the daily demands of your schedule
- emotional strength to support students
who challenge you
- wisdom to know how to meet the needs of challenging students
- wisdom to know how to balance classroom management with humor, or “the look”, or “stick-to your-guns”, or flexibility
- I pray you will find ways to develop an environment that supports creativity despite the pressures of high-stakes testing
- that you have the creativity to make learning dynamic, risky, open to mistakes, and full of wonder
- to fight the good fight despite discouraging news, policies, or difficult days
- to teach perseverance, an important habit of mind to your students
- may you find joy in your students — in their humor, their innocence, their unique personalities
- may you transmit the joy of learning to your students and inspire them to find the joy and wonder of learning
Teaching is a gift that can enrich the life of the one who is teaching as well as the one who is learning.
I am thankful for teachers at every level of learning.
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