Category Archives: Teaching

Writing Prompt #85

“Write about a time you said no.”

I’m a preschool teacher – I say “no” quite often during each work day! I have to keep the kids in my class safe and make sure they’re being kind, sharing toys, etc. Saying “no” to little children may seem less pleasant than allowing them to do what they want, but when they’re small, what they want to do is often unsafe, unkind, or spreads germs, so saying “no” to many of their behaviors is actually kind in the long run.

Writing Prompt #78

“Do you have anyone in your life that has acted as a mentor to you? Have you ever helped someone else out in this way?”

I have been blessed to have quite a few godly mentors in my life, growing up and as an adult. Several are actual family members, several are friends who are like family members, and others are fellow church members who wanted to invest some of their time in me. I am grateful that I have people around me who want to share their experiences with me, and even share some of their mistakes with me so I can hopefully learn from their mistakes rather than making the same mistakes myself and learning the hard way. 

I have come alongside a few younger people and tried to help mentor them, hoping to help them as others have helped me. Sometimes a mentor can offer advice in a way others cannot, simply by being a caring friend, setting an example, and being willing to walk through life with the person they’re mentoring. I see the value in giving of my time to others, especially young people, in order to hopefully help them become successful adults. As a teacher, I am able to interact with my preschool students daily, modelling for them the right behaviors and helping them to learn all about the world around them. It’s a privilege to be able to help them as they grow. 

Writing Prompt #49

“Look around you and choose an object in the room. Now write something from the point of view of that object.”

I am a classroom chair. Many young students have sat on me while learning their daily lessons. Some have cried, missing their mom; some have laughed at a funny moment in class; some have asked excellent questions while sitting on me, as they thirsted for knowledge. A few students have crawled under me, as they played a game of hide and seek. A few have flipped me over, to get attention. I am a classroom chair, and if I could talk, I’d have many stories of the wonderful students I’ve quietly helped each year.

Writing Prompt #40

“What do you think is the most important thing for today’s kids to learn in school?”

I think it is vital that today’s kids learn what really happened in history, since so many so-called historians like to rewrite what actually happened in order to present the version of history that they wish had happened, instead of what actually happened. It’s so important that kids know what really happened, or this next generation is doomed to repeat the mistakes of past generations.

Writing Prompt #36

“What was the last thing you read, heard, or saw that inspired you?”

As we prepare for the Easter season at the Christian school where I teach, I’ve seen a lot of artwork in the halls depicting the cross. This inspires me because it’s a reminder that God turned something terrible into a beautiful reminder of His grace. We can now look at a cross and think of the salvation found only in Jesus Christ, rather than thinking about the method the Roman Empire used to execute common criminals.

It’s also inspiring, as we approach Resurrection Sunday on the calendar, to think about how Jesus was raised from the dead, and how we have also been raised from the death of sin, if we are in Christ. As flowers bloom and the trees and grass grow green after a dormant winter period, we can be reminded how we have a fresh start because our sins are no longer what defines us. – We can be alive and free in Christ!!!

The lesson of Jesus & Clifford

Yesterday, while reading yet another children’s book with the nativity story to my little class of 2- and 3-yr-olds (private school class), I realized there was something important  I should tell them before we left school for the Christmas break.

I wanted to make sure they knew that the story of the birth of Jesus isn’t just another cute story we read for class before we take our nap – the story of Jesus is REAL, and Jesus is REAL!

It can be a challenge to find a good way to explain a concept like this to preschoolers (that being said, I think the 3-yr-olds understood it better, since they are a little older), but I gave it my best shot!

I began to talk about what the word “pretend” means. I asked if they knew what it meant and didn’t get very coherent responses, so I tried a different approach.

I asked, “If (actual name of child replaced) Jessica says she’s a doctor today, does that mean she’s really a doctor?”

“Noooooo!” they all said.

“That’s right!” I encouraged. “Jessica would be pretending to be a doctor. She’s not really a doctor.”

I held up the book Clifford, The Big, Red Dog. “Is Clifford real?” I asked. They agreed he was not. “That’s right! People don’t really have dogs that are bigger than their house – that’s just a pretend story, but we enjoy reading it because it’s fun.”

Then I held up one of the children’s story books with a nativity scene on the cover – the book we had just finished reading. “The story of Jesus is NOT pretend though. He really was born in a manger. Jesus is real, and He is God, and we can pray to Him whenever we want to, every day. He is really there, and hears us.”

I know they are little, but I wanted to tell the children how Jesus is REAL and not just another character in a good book. After all, He said, “Let the little children come,” so He clearly has a heart for even the youngest child. I hope I can continue to make this clear to my class throughout the school year.

(Images used in this post were not taken by the author.)

Love and Discipline

One of many things I love about my job: The fact that, even when one of my kids misbehaves and disappoints me, I can hug them and remind them that even when they are being disobedient, I still love them very much – but I wish they would make wise choices and be the good boy or girl I know they can be and often are. I love being able to show them love even when demonstrating discipline. Our Heavenly Father does the same to us – He disciplines us because He loves us and shows us His love even when we are disobedient to Him, because He shows us mercy and grace.