Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
The teacher determines the classroom atmosphere. If your class is unhappy and full of strife, the first place you must check for error is in yourself. If you lead righteously, your students will rejoice that you are their teacher, but if you are unjust, moody, or fail to show the love of Christ daily, your students will not enjoy your class. You are not to be self-seeking or self-serving. Jesus laid down his life for his followers. He spent his time teaching, giving, healing, and serving mankind.
Teachers often create their own discipline problems through inconsistent discipline and a lack of routine in the classroom. Children follow better when the rules are clear, concise and consistently enforced. Mood swings confuse students. All of us have bad days, but, as professionals, we do not have the luxury of allowing our moods to rule our behavior. If you, the teacher, crack a joke and cause laughter in the classroom, do not punish the student who can’t pull himself back together as fast as you would like. Instead, allow him to get a drink or separate from the group long enough to pull himself together. Teach him the importance of learning when to play and when to get back to work.
Smile. Be friendly. Be personable. Be interesting. Have some excitement about your lesson. Be professional. All of these traits will help create a positive atmosphere. Students do not need you to be their second mom or big brother or best friend. What they want and need is a leader—a teacher who can connect new information to what they already know, to make the lesson relevant to their lives, and to offer a safe place to study and learn where they don’t have to fear being bullied or embarrassed.
DEAR GOD, GIVE ME THE GRACE TO SEARCH MY LEADERSHIP STYLE AND CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR. HELP ME TO SEE THE TRUTH ABOUT MY SHORTCOMINGS AND MY WRONG ATTITUDES. GIVE ME THE COURAGE TO CHANGE THE AREAS THAT ARE OUT OF ORDER. MAY I ALWAYS WALK IN SUBMISSION TO YOUR WILL AND PURPOSES. BUILD CONSISTENCY AND A PLEASANT ATTITUDE IN MY DAILY WALK.
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Copyright © 2002-2013 by Elderine Wyrick
Polishing the Apple
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