Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Day 37 - 40 Days of Intentional Joy

Day 37

On Holy Wednesday, we are drawn to the way Jesus treats others. If there was ever anyone who could teach us good manners or how to interact with others, Jesus led the way. Do your students have good manners? Is it our place to teach them how to interact with others?  Manners need to be taught at home, but as we are increasingly noticing the lack of respect, it a necessity to be a model of good manners ourselves to impact our students. They may not remember everything we have taught them, but they will remember how we treated them.

A verse to ponder

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

An intentional joy for the classroom  

How can you teach good manners in the classroom? Be a model! Go out of your way to address your students by their name, listen carefully to what they have to say and don’t interrupt them when they are speaking. Use lots of please and thank yous everyday and and let them go first when entering or exiting the classroom. An emphasis on good manners by doing is a far greater lesson than talking about manners. May our good manners be a reflection for our students and great joy.

A focus of reflection

Is it legal to teach good manners? Of course! None of us are hired to teach manners, but all of us are hired to understand professional ethics. Doing the right thing all the time and treating others as we would like to be treated is an expectation of all teachers. How are your manners? Do they promote a sense of intentional joy in your classroom? We can always use a little brush-up course. May God give you the wisdom and ability to treat your students with dignity and joy.

from Day 36

(What kind of Bright Ideas will your students come up with?)

Prayerfully yours,

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May God bless you with success His way this 2017-2018 school year.

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