Devotion for the Week of January 25, 2015
HELP ME TO NOT BE NERVOUS DURING EVALUATIONS
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Most teachers dread teacher evaluations, even experienced teachers. The thought of being graded and "written up" makes our knees knock and our heads reel. We fear criticism and rejection from our supervisor.
We must not allow ourselves to be overcome with fear. God is the greatest authority in our life. He is a constant companion throughout our daily tasks, and He knows the very desires of our heart. No success or failure goes unnoticed by Him. No gentle touch or harsh word goes unheard by the Creator of the Universe. As we do everything, word or deed, we should do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, Our ultimate goal is to please God.
If we please God, who is the highest authority, then anything a principal says will be secondary. We can welcome the comments and suggestions made by our principal when we understand that our supervisor is a tool from God sent to teach us a better way. You can have a calm, secure, and teachable spirit during evaluations because you want to be the best you can be. Like a child responds to a parent or a student to a teacher, you can respond to your principal with respect and a willingness to learn.
Get excited about your principal's visits to your classroom. You can look forward to learning new or better ways of doing things. Consider your principal working "for" you, not "against" you. Don't be rigid. If you are doing something out of the ordinary, like standing on top of your desk, when your principal walks into your class, continue teaching. You can give an explanation to your principal later. Don't feel guilty. Since your principal has been in the classroom, he/she will probably understand your explanation. If not, learn from the comments. If your supervisor chooses to suggest an alternate action for the future, accept his/her opinion and decide to follow the directives. You can become a better teacher as you submit to your principal's instructions and allow him/her to lead you. Any principal can teach you something! Of course, if you strongly disagree with your principal's requirements, you can always make an appeal. But, remember that appeals must always be done respectfully and privately.
Dear God, Thank you for my principal and the instructions he/she offers to me. Help me to be pliable enough to learn from all instruction whether I immediately understand it or not. Teach me to welcome my supervisor's visits.
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