Category Archives: Teaching

I don’t wanna be a teacher!

Teaching is difficult. When I was training to be a teacher I wanted to inspire students and help them love learning. I wanted them to have fun in my classroom, and LOVE science. Afterall, science is the expression of God’s creativity and the beauty of life is seen throughout its dimensions.This beauty is enthralling and I want to share this with my students.

But as a teacher, especially a high school teacher, I have learned that I also need to do things that are not so much fun. I need to discipline. I need to challenge my students. I also have to ask them to work. Most students are just not receptive to this. Instead of wonder and rapture at the beauty of learning there are times I get apathy, attitude and sass. It’s not all the time, but when it happens it’s not too nice.

Being a teacher also means dealing with the problems in a student’s life, such as the fallout of their separating parents or the worry they feel for their troubled friends. I am sad for them as I feel their broken hearts. These are also the times that it’s not much fun being a teacher.

I wish that teaching can always be enjoyable, but it’s impossible. There is always going to be tough times no matter how great a position you have or how much you love your profession or your students. Teacher, get used to it. Teaching and parenting are a lot alike in this way.

I guess we need to just keep working, loving, inspiring, disciplining, praying, challenging and teaching. Keep working to make them love learning. Enjoy the good times, and just accept that the tough times are part of the job, too. #teacherslife #lovedesk

 

Real Stuff

african violet

The African violet on the shelf in my kitchen. I don’t know how or why it has bloomed and become so beautiful. I guess just the right food, light and environment and help from the Creator. True to life.

I have been writing a blog on and off for a few years. I have also been writing journal articles, sermons, lessons, etc for a long- long- time. I realize that my writing is often general, or even, more theological than practical. Now being spiritually “born-again” at the age of 23 after growing up in the inner city, a teacher of over twenty years in every type of school out there, a mom of three sons, a step-mom, and a wife of a husband with ptsd, you would think I would have a plethora of things to write about. Well, I do, but I didn’t. Instead my writing was sort of general, non-specific and safe.

But I am changing. Instead, I plan to write about the real stuff. The things that I really deal with- things that might make people laugh, wonder, smile, shake their heads, look at me a little different, or even pray for me. In sharing plainly and even specifically about things, I might encourage others and even myself at the same time. I might have an effect on other people and the way they see their own situations. I might be a factor of change and bring hope in a person’s life.  We’ll see. I certainly hope so!

Am I Ready? Please wish me luck.

The Hard Things

One of the things that really bother me sometimes is silence- silence about the hard things: those difficult and controversial topics that we see and hear around us.

When Jesus walked the earth, He did not shy away from the hard things. Why do we?

Humanity needs the church to step up and address such things. Not in a judgmental way, but lovingly and truthfully. Yes, the Bible has already addressed these things but not everyone reads or understands it in it’s correct context, right? So as leaders, ministers and scholars in the church we need to bring the truth to the forefront. We need to talk about things and behaviors that are hurting people, destroying families and killing our culture. We can’t be shy. We can’t be quiet.

Why are we quiet? Why do we more often talk about the things that are less important? Maybe, just maybe, this is why some of our churches are empty, or ineffective.

If we love others we will warn them of dangers ahead, right? If someone is walking off a cliff won’t we try to stop them? Should we say…

“That’s ok.”

“If you want to do it who am I to judge.”

“It’s not my business.”

“I can’t talk about that.”

“I don’t have time.”

“They will be angry.”

“If I say something then they would know… I did the same thing.”

Why are we quiet? Good question. Any answers?

Lord, help us address the hard things. Make us speak up. Make us shout the dangers ahead, especially if we have already been there and know truly how bad it is. Help us save our children, our neighborhoods, our communities. Our world.

Thank you, Lord. With your help we can talk about the hard things. Give us strength and wisdom and the power of Your might and Word. Amen!