Inspiration

The Well is Dry

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

This is the first time I can remember that I've felt like maybe I can't go on, maybe I won't make it, and I'm not sure I want to try!I don’t know what else to do with some of these students... Read More

Who Teaches Whom?

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Blog Post

Students make great teachers.Watching students often enables me to make connections between real life and specific Scriptures I am pondering.  Today was such a time.  In Sunday School we stu... Read More

Snapshots from My Classroom

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

Capturing a specific moment in time, painting a picture with words, a descriptive word picture—these are some ideas of a snapshot.  I think of a snapshot as a photograph. I take a picture of a ... Read More

A Gift Received

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Blog Post

In church this morning, our deacon preached on the fallacy of basing our identity on things that can be taken away and stressed the need to place our identity in Christ alone.  Immediately, my mi... Read More

Why I Teach

Contributor: John Mark Kuhns | File type : Blog Post

In the middle of the school year, it can be good for us to step back and think about why we teach.Early in my teaching career, a friend asked me why I teach. I described the feeling of satisfa... Read More

Twisted Fairness

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Blog Post

Who of us hasn’t dealt with the “it’s not fair” syndrome?  I mean personally, not just hearing from students.I was thinking of this recently when I got bit by the bug – again.  It ... Read More

Moments of Grace, Part 1

Contributor: Ruth Anna Kuhns | File type : Blog Post

Seventeen energetic children entered my classroom door on the first day of school.  Bright-eyed.  Eager.I smiled.  Only five new students this year.  Settling into a routine should be quic... Read More

God-Ideas

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Blog Post

I love when ideas simply present themselves, almost without my conscious thought. In fact, I have noticed that when I become fixated on solving a problem, spending lots of time and energy trying t... Read More

Teachable Moments

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Blog Post

Years ago, a wise teacher offered me invaluable advice.  When I bemoaned my failures in the classroom, my impatience, and my inability to portray God as the perfect authority, he clearly understo... Read More

What is the Ideal Teacher?

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

First graders have interesting answers to this question:  What is an ideal teacher? I had to first explain what ideal means. We discussed ideal as meaning the very best.So, what makes the very be... Read More