5 Prayers for Back to School

Uncategorized May 20, 2020

 I am a bit obsessed. 

This summer I have had the distinct pleasure of studying God’s word with a group of amazing teachers from all over. We have discussed what it means to dig into the word and what abiding in Christ looks like. I have been reminded of what prayer does to the life of a believer.

This is the time of year where I begin to have a battle of emotions waging within me. It is the battle of noooooo I don’t want summer to end and the battle of MUST.GET.ROOM.READY. Usually, the urge to get my classroom ready for the new school year wins out. Seriously, I am the teacher that likes to start early. Once the carpet and floors are cleaned, I am in my room.

Don’t hate.

This year, I do have a bit of an excuse. I am headed to a couple of conferences like Frog Street Splash. I won’t have time after the conference to get my room ready. At least that is what I am telling myself.

I can spend sleepless nights tossing and turning thinking about little...

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5 Ways Teachers Can Pray for Students

Uncategorized May 20, 2020

5 Ways Teachers Can Pray for Students

A teacher has the profound privilege of influencing the life of a child. It may not always be readily apparent in the day-to-day grind, but a teacher’s investment in the life of a child is incalculable and invaluable. Teaching not only comes with great opportunity; it comes with great responsibility. Such responsibility requires near supernatural ability, which is why I believe prayer is an essential companion. Every teacher and student need strength and wisdom only God can give.

Consider five practical ways teachers can pray for students:

  1. Pray for learned minds.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind, and with all your soul…” Matthew 22:37

A desire to learn is always a good place to start. It can be very difficult to get a child to pay attention or motivate them to learn when they don’t care or want to be there. Not only is this discouraging for a teacher, it’s...

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Back to School Frenzy

Uncategorized May 20, 2020
We don’t know about you, but the Back to School season can be hectic and overwhelming. We get giddy over new BTS supplies. We know with BTS season around the corner, you will be purchasing an endless amount of tape, stickers, folders, glue, pencils, Expo markers, and new classroom decor. You have been away from your teaching besties all summer, and coming back during teacher orientation is like one big family reunion.

I, Bonnie, have a confession. It may just be me, but I love the smell of new backpacks. They have a certain scent about them that reminds me of being a kid and getting brand new BTS items. It may be the fresh start of the new year or the simple fact that the supplies are brand new and organized, but there is something about the fresh and new BTS items that make my heart happy.

I, Bethany, also love new school supplies just as much as the next teacher; however, BTS leaves me shakin’ in my Tieks a bit. I think it’s all of the unknowns. Unknown...

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Be Brave

Uncategorized May 20, 2020

Bethany and I have enjoyed seeing all of your BTS classroom picture posts. You guys are so creative! We know your students will LOOOOOVVVVVEEEE learning in these rooms. If you are anything like us, this is the cleanest and most organized your classroom will be ALL YEAR. However, this school year started a bit different for us…

Let us explain.

I, Bonnie, have had a hectic and busy beginning of the school year. Honestly, I felt like I couldn’t get anything accomplished. I felt like I started 15 different projects and NONE of them were finished. I am thinking of a specific project right now that requires me to print off pictures of my students and attach them to nameplates for name writing practice. Is that project finished? Nope. Nada. No Way. I had the goal of getting morning tubs ready for my kids to start day 3 of school. Did that happen? Heck-to-the-no! I felt like I was #failing this school year. Before you say, “Bonnie that is just two projects!” UMMM...

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Teaching Stinks

Uncategorized May 20, 2020

 

Sometimes teaching stinks…and we mean quite literally.

Let us explain…

As a kindergarten teacher, there are many times that I walk into my room and say, “Something smells!” No, it is not that I leave things out that may have a putrid smell to them, but sometimes in kindergarten, we have potty accidents, toots, poots, and pardon my French, all out FARTS. Before teaching kindergarten, I did not know that a small five year old body could let out a FART louder than a full grown man. Earlier this school year, my partner teacher and I literally cleaned poop off the floor and tried to investigate the bottoms of shoes to locate the source of the tracks in the bathroom.

We still takes naps in my kindergarten classroom. So at times, there is the smell of sweaty stinky feet. At points, all sorts of smells can be happening at once, and it can be down right nauseating.

Kindergarten isn’t the only place teaching stinks. Have you ever been in a middle school...

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