Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 15 - Intentional Goodness in the Classroom

What’s in a name? In generations before us, children’s names had meaning. When a child was born the name bestowed upon them was chosen to give the child a sense of who they were going to be. In the 21st century, choosing a name for the child is not quite as formal, but no less important.  There’s power in a name. Today we are going to ask the students about their family names.

A verse to ponder

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

An intentional blessing for the classroom  

There’s power in a name. Ask the students what their last name means.  If they don’t know encourage them to speak to their family members tonight to find out what their family name means. Google it. Today, call each of your students by their family name, Mr. Forsythe, Miss Seddon, Miss Gonzalez, to emphasize the importance and uniqueness of a name. Make tabletop nameplates so that the others students learn their classmates last names. Teach them to respect and honor each other’s good name.

A focus of reflection

Have you thought about how important it is to preserve the reputation of your good name? Students won’t remember us for what we taught them, but for how we treated them. As Christians, we carry His name and need to guard the reputation of His good name. Lord, help us to honor Your good name while doing good deeds in our classroom and in our families.

Day 16
(Mr. Forsythe ate lunch in the cafeteria and wished there was an emoticon that showed stars rolling around his head! What a sacrifice. Great job.)

As always, I am
Prayerfully dependent,


Karen C. Seddon
CEAI, State Director, Florida

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

Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) 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.  

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