As we are about to start a new year it’s important that all teachers
recognize some important things about their students
they have grown from last year, regardless of what grade they are in and whether or not they have you for the first, second, third time or beyond…they are growing…that means new worries, new concerns, new joys, new experiences
Make sure your students know they are elevated(important) to you, and that you won’t talk down to them, but rather will include them in discussions(age appropriately of course)
Whether this is your first or 20th year teaching, go in knowing the truth, know what you believe and how to defend your belief…and know where to find information for when you are unsure when questions arise…and they will arise and every year is different.
You hold these lives in your hands, what you do or say today has the potential to affect them forever….
Your level of excitement will directly affect the interest level of your students…even if you are talking about a topic that they don’t particularly find interesting they will get more out of it if you present it in such a way that activates their minds.
This is the part where we don’t just excite the students about a topic but we encourage them to go further…if you are discussing social issues especially this is a great time to bring in their opinions for what they can do as a class to help….think food drive, penny war, visiting a nursing home…etc…
Deliver your message, in a way that is real, relevant and easily remembered…and then deliver the students back into the world ready to share.
Yes…this is the AMEN moment….you can teach the Gospel, you can teach social responsibility, and if you are unsure, with prayer and a little reading you can be ready to equip your students to face all they face, on a daily basis, with more love in their hearts.
so What are you waiting for?..it’s time to GET READY