Every morning, all staff at the Primary and Secondary Campuses meet for a time of devotions before the business of the day commences.
Mr Brendon Barker shared the following devotion recently, which is a great example of how our staff feel about the students in our College. We see their value as immeasurable and we are blessed to be part of their growth and development.
Ephesians 4:2-3 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
The atmosphere of your classroom will be determined by your attitude. You can feel the difference in classrooms when walking through the school. There are joyful, fun-loving teachers; strict, no-nonsense teachers; diligently detailed teachers; and quiet, gentle teachers. All of these personalities can be successful in the classrooms.
Jesus told us that the greatest leaders among us would be great servants (Matthew 23:11). A teacher is a servant. We are called to serve, to teach, and to share the knowledge that God has so graciously allowed us to learn. Teachers must never have a proud spirit. Our age, education, and experience have equipped us. We must approach our classroom with humility, but also with confidence knowing that God has supplied us with a message to teach.
As conflicts arise, we must do our best to remember the childish mistakes from our past. Remembering our own mistakes will help us find a balance in discipline, as we realise that many mistakes are due to immaturity, not rebellion. If a student is rebellious, we are to give firm discipline and encourage them to change defiant behavior. If the student lacks understanding or forgets, we must re-teach as we discipline.
Love each student as you discipline. The Love of Christ can help you understand each student, especially those who challenge you repeatedly. He/she is a child. He/she is immature. He/she does not see events through the same mature, experienced eyes that you do. Gently, lovingly, and firmly deal with students "for their good” and, "for their future". Draw from the love of God within you, and get rid of any negative emotions you have before you discipline. Teachers are the adults; students are the children. Pride can block your ability to do this. You must lay pride down and replace it with a grateful heart, full of humility and service to God's Kingdom.