Thursday, February 4, 2016

What is kindness in the classroom?




Kindness is the 5th part of the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Before I write anything, I always ask the Lord to help me and I love how He inspires. I learned an old Anglican prayer from Dr. Barry Black and Alistair Begg that reads, “I want to think myself empty, I want to write myself clear and I want to pray myself hot,” while asking the Lord for His guidance. As soon as I was done praying, the Pay it Forward concept came to me.  He is good! I can’t think of any other topic that portrays kindness in the classroom better. In today's world of technology and gadgets, we need human kindness. The concept of Pay It Forward (as developed in Catherine Hyde’s novel) is simple.  It begins with doing an act of kindness for someone without any expectation of being paid back.  Instead, the recipient of the kindness is encouraged to “Pay It Forward” to three others with the same expectation that the unconditional kindness will be paid forward.  The unconditional kindness can be large or small, depending on the interest and age level of the giver. Catherine Ryan Hyde, in her novel “Pay It Forward” about a 12 year-old boy who accepts the challenge of his teacher to change the world, is the springboard from which the Pay It Forward Movement began.  Trevor’s idea was to choose three people for whom he will do a favor or act of kindness.  When the people thank him and ask to pay him back, he tells them that they are to “pay it forward” instead to three more people. It’s nothing less than a human chain of kindness and good will.

Catherine Ryan Hyde established The Pay It Forward Foundation in September 2000 to educate and inspire students to realize they can change the world and provide them with opportunities to do so. The Pay It Forward Foundation is a small, mostly volunteer organization with a powerful heart and gift to educators.  They provide Pay It Forward grants, ideas to share and an excellent website with success stories. The Pay It Forward Foundation has trademark rights to the term, “Pay It Forward Foundation.”  The idea of “pay it forward,” however, is in the public domain and the foundation encourages all who want to promote the concept of paying it forward to do so.  The Pay It Forward movie and website are property of Warner Brothers and the novel, “Pay It Forward”, is copyright property of Catherine Ryan Hyde. She has now given the reigns over to a young man named Charley Johnson. He developed the Pay It Forward bracelets and has distributed hundreds of thousands throughout the world. He's spoken at TED twice and is about to do his third. Here are three samples: the story behind Pay It Forward braceletGlobal Reading Flash Mob of Pay It ForwardCharley Johnson on TEDxBountiful.

In April 2005, I developed a “Pay It Forward” presentation for students of all ages which encourages students to create their own movement with their families. I have presented the lessons for hundreds of children from kindergarten to college and in very large group settings and even churches.  I have an annual date with one of my daughters who is a teacher on the Friday before Thanksgiving to present the concept to their families around the Thanksgiving table. If you are interested in a presentation for your classroom, just contact me. There’s no charge for a Pay It Forward lesson, you only need to agree to pass it on! 
Pay It Forward Day is April 30th each year.  An Australian group is hoping this will become a worldwide event.  Check their website at www.payitforwardday.com for more details and ideas on how to Pay It Forward!
Let’s face it, our classrooms can use a whole lot of kindness. Why not make a commitment to raise the kindness level in your classroom this year and teach your students not random acts of kindness, but purposeful and targeted ways to be kind to others? Order the Pay It Forward bracelets for your students and as they do an act of kindness, they hand to bracelet to the person and encourage them to pass it on.  Simply beautiful!

Prayerfully yours,
K


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May God bless you with success His way this 2015-2016 school year.

Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.



Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What is Goodness in the classroom?





Have you ever had a slow start? This first post for the 16-9 blog in 2016 is starting off slow, but not without a constant love for Christian educators in the classroom. Have you had a slow start? Have you had good intentions to start the new year with resolutions or new goals?  If you jumped right out the gate full force, that’s incredible. If not, it’s never too late.  The 16-9 Movement blog was birthed this time last year to encourage, equip and empower educators to understand the first “16” words of the Constitution and to apply the “9” Fruit of the Spirit in the classroom.  I begin 2016 with thoughts on goodness in the classroom.
As I looked upon the word goodness in the Bible, I was surprised to find only 19 times that the word was mentioned. Naturally, the majority of the time the reference was to God’s goodness. Do you ever stop to think about His goodness? It’s overwhelming. Everything that is good comes from our Lord. The ability to be an educator is because of His goodness. The desire to become better educators comes from His goodness.  How can we display goodness to our students? This is not as simple as it appears on the surface. We are not naturally good as He is, but we are his ambassadors in our walk and to represent Him well in our classrooms daily, we must strive to be good to our students. As public school educators (teachers, paraprofessionals or administrators), we have the power to influence our students daily. Making a concerted effort to be good to them can change the whole focus of our classroom. 

Let’s look at the goodness of God in the 23rd Psalm. 

The Lord is my shepherd, 
I shall not want. 
He makes me to lie down in green pastures,

He leads me besides the still waters,
He restores my soul.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;
    
My cup runs over.
Surely your goodness and mercy will follow me

All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.

Purposeful goodness in the classroom involves a secure environment for our students where they have a sense that we would do anything in our power to help them learn. Our goodness to our students cannot be compared to His goodness for all His children, but stands as our guide. Can we create a classroom environment that is like still waters or green pastures that is refreshing to the souls of our children? It’s a high goal, but no learning will take place until they feel secure in our rooms.  Walking through dark valleys is often a way of life for our students, unfortunately. Can you imagine if your classroom is the safest place all day? Being purposefully good to students, especially when they don’t deserve it, is a gift from our good God. I encourage you to read the 23rd Psalm out loud to yourself. Afterward, read it silently and look at each stanza in the light of how to display goodness in the classroom. It’s pretty humbling.  

Our good God has placed us in the schools of America. We are the ones who can display His fruit and be good to our children.  Alistair Begg often says an old Anglican prayer that I would like to pass onto you today. 

Lord, what we know not, teach us; what we have not, give us; and what we are not, make us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  


Prayerfully yours,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.





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May God bless you with success His way this 2015-2016 school year.

Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.



Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year!




I've never written a New Year's post before. I guess it's because New Year's resolutions in themselves never seem to work, but it is certainly a great idea to pause before our God and look at our blessings before we pass the threshold of a new year and all it's new adventures. Two of my favorite verses are:
  • Lamentations 3:22-23 - Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
  • Daniel 4:2 - It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.
Beginning a new year is a lot like the sunrise picture above that I took at Deerfield Beach, FL this November. Each new morning is full of mercies and new beginnings. Each new calendar year is the same. We serve a merciful God Who forgives and forgets. I love the first day back after Christmas break because it is as close as we can get to the attentive behavior on the first day of school. Our students and colleagues come with new hopes and dreams, with behavior and personal goals for a better 2016. Just as we begin each new day with a prayer, let's begin 2016 with a prayer for the remainder of the school year.

Dear Father, Almighty God,

We love you and are in awe of what You have done for us. Thank you Lord for this high calling of being an educator. Guard our mouths and protect our hearts and minds as we return to the students in a few days. Help us to have a heart like Yours to see them as fearfully and wonderfully made. Give us eyes to see that they are image bearers in Your likeness and to encourage their uniqueness as You have designed them. O Lord, bless us with your favor and grace that we may be an ambassador for You each and every day of the remainder of the school year shining Your light of love on our campus. Help us to be quick to confess and to harbor no ill will. Thank You Lord, for the students in our care and help us have a heart for our colleagues. Bind us together Lord in a way that only You can design. We love You, adore You and want to stand for You in our public schools in a gracious and contagious manner. We ask You for all of this in the perfect Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

This second verse, Daniel 4:2, is a great way to pause and give thanks everyday. Do you keep a list of blessings? It is a small change to make for this new year, but the benefits are outstanding. If you have a prayer journal or any other means by which you write down thoughts and ideas, go to the back of the journal and begin jotting down one-liners as you feel blessed: Here are just a few of mine for 2015 as I wrote them.
  • Protection from Jackie's accident
  • Honor the Grads - St. Johns
  • car paid in full
  • Hawaii! Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Big Island
  • The Daniel Weekend
  • STEM Camp 
  • Back to School Prayer Breakfast Acts 2:42
  • Park Ridge Elementary
  • Pathology report - no cancer!
  • TIM coaching at 11 schools with admin teams
  • Pay it Forward at HHS
I could go on and on because I had over 80 entries. The trick is to try to jot down a short reminder of a blessing, favor, mercy, healing, joy or goodness bestowed upon you by our gratuitous Lord. When I come to the end of the year, I have a much better chance of thanking God specifically for the "miraculous sign and wonders that He has done for me." 

My friends, I encourage you to begin a list of blessings for 2016. Get a brand new notebook just for blessings or add this upcoming year's blessings to the back of your present journal. You will be richly rewarded and you can pray a prayer of thanksgiving with specificity instead of generalities. May God be given all the glory.

Happy New Year!

Prayerfully yours,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.





PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement and Around the Word in 180 Days:
      Go to www.one16pray.com  and www.aw180days.com for more information.
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May God bless you with success His way this 2015-2016 school year.

Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.



Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Day 12 of the 12 Days Until Christmas in Sacred Word and Song - Christmas Eve

Getting ready for Christmas includes getting ready spiritually.  Each day one section of the Bible will be given.  Here are some ways to enhance your experience.

• Read the scripture from your Bible.
• Listen to the verse by clicking the play bar under the picture
• Read the words of the selected song for that reading.
• Listen to part of the song. (Only 30 sec. of the song are included to honor copyrights and intellectual properties of the artists).
• View it the CEAI app under the Media tab or Home tab > 16-9 Movement


Most of all, give thanks for what God has done through Jesus Christ, our Lord.






Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.



December 24, 2015

Listen here:




Hallelujah Chorus

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ, and of His Christ;
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
For ever and ever, forever and ever,

King of kings, and Lord of lords,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And Lord of lords,
And He shall reign,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!


Thank you so much for joining us in this preparation for tomorrow's celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Merry Christmas.

With Christian love,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.





PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement and Around the Word in 180 Days:
      Go to www.one16pray.com  and www.aw180days.com for more information.
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May God bless you with success His way this 2015-2016 school year.

Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.


Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Day 11 of the 12 Days Until Christmas in Sacred Song and Word


Getting ready for Christmas includes getting ready spiritually.  Each day one section of the Bible will be given.  Here are some ways to enhance your experience.

• Read the scripture from your Bible.
• Listen to the verse by clicking the play bar under the picture
• Read the words of the selected song for that reading.
• Listen to part of the song. (Only 30 sec. of the song are included to honor copyrights and intellectual properties of the artists).
View it the CEAI app under the Media tab or Home tab > 16-9 Movement


Most of all, give thanks for what God has done through Jesus Christ, our Lord.





When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
    weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,
    because they are no more.”[b]

The Return to Nazareth

After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,  and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.





December 23, 2015

Listen here:

For a reading of this Scripture





Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Written by Isaac Watts,1719; music by Lowell Mason, 1848
Sung by Anoited, God With Us - A Celebration of Christmas


Merry Christmas!

 
With Christian love,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.





PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement and Around the Word in 180 Days:
      Go to www.one16pray.com  and www.aw180days.com for more information.
      Visit,  "like", and add comments the 1:16PM Facebook page and the Around the World in 180 days Facebook page.
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May God bless you with success His way this 2015-2016 school year.

Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.



Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Day 10 of the 12 Days Until Christmas in Sacred Word and Song

Getting ready for Christmas includes getting ready spiritually.  Each day one section of the Bible will be given.  Here are some ways to enhance your experience.

• Read the scripture from your Bible.
• Listen to the verse by clicking the play bar under the picture
• Read the words of the selected song for that reading.
• Listen to part of the song. (Only 30 sec. of the song are included to honor copyrights and intellectual properties of the artists).
• View it the CEAI app under the Media tab or Home tab > 16-9 Movement


Most of all, give thanks for what God has done through Jesus Christ, our Lord.






On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
    you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”
 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”  There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,  and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[d] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.  And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.



December 22, 2015




O Holy Night

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Words by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure, 1847. Music by Adolphe Charles Adams, 1847
Sung by Out of the Grey, God With Us - A Celebration of Christmas


Merry Christmas!


With Christian love,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.





PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement and Around the Word in 180 Days:
      Go to www.one16pray.com  and www.aw180days.com for more information.
      Visit,  "like", and add comments the 1:16PM Facebook page and the Around the World in 180 days Facebook page.
      Sign up for text message prayer prompts from Remind  

May God bless you with success His way this 2015-2016 school year.

Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.



Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school.