I read in an educational article this week that statistics are booming for school students who are reporting feelings of severe anxiety. They are complaining to their teachers of headaches, stomach aches, dizziness, or simply stare at a blank page or act out. The root cause of this is fearfulness and anxiety, which makes […]Read more "Pray First!"
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda Today marks the first day of school for my English students and me. Countless teachers are pinching themselves, thinking, “Was summer break just something I dreamed?” and countless students are mourning the loss of their unlimited video […]Read more "The Art of Inspiring Students"
“If you can survive a year of teaching, you can survive anything!” – A First-Year Teacher “There’s no tired like end-of-the-year teacher tired!” – Said Every Teacher, Everywhere Are you a frazzled teacher? If you work with children in any capacity, then I’d be willing to bet money that your gas tank is on “Empty” […]Read more "Fresh Inspiration for the Frazzled Teacher"
“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is love.” – Bernard of Clairvaux If you’re reading this blog post, then I can assume […]Read more "Learning In Order to Love…"
“I have wanted my work, be it my paintings, my writings, or my photography, to give back to the Master Creator of the Universe, honoring Him for all that He has afforded me.” – Julie As a retired educator, Julie (affectionately known as “Mama Cookie” by her students), never considered herself to be […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Julie “Cookie”"
Hair tousled from another sleepless night, George stared past his youthful reflection and gazed at the cold, gray world outside. His eyes brimmed with sorrow as they fell on a boy in the street, hungry and covered in grime. And here he was. Warm. Comfortable. “I’m just one man,” he mused. “Could I […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “The Resolution”"
The students’ eyes beamed as they handed me their parting gift – a framed collection of hand-painted masks from the Chinese Opera. “Xie, xie,” I used the Chinese word of thanks, my eyes filling with tears. “It’s beautiful.” On the way to the airport, I gazed at the cardboard homes and overcrowded streets cluttered […]Read more "Friday Fictioneers – “Gratitude”"
My daughter loves getting into the holidays, and started dreaming up her Halloween costume back in January! I’m also the type of person who enjoys holiday traditions and getting into the spirit of the season, so I really do understand this. Halloween is such a dark holiday, however, that my wife and I have […]Read more "Seasonal Craft – “Light of the World” Lanterns"
The “Back to School” season is in full swing! Grocery stores are packed to the brim with school supplies, students are arming themselves with new clothes, new backpacks, and new hairstyles, and next week most of them will be back in the classroom. I still remember my first day of Kindergarten like it was […]Read more "Sending God Back to School With Your Children…"
My wife and I recently had a blast watching Divergent, the 2014 Hollywood film directed by Neil Burger. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this movie, but it turned out to be a fun and entertaining ride, while also serving as a thoughtful commentary on the obsessive tendency of our society to […]Read more "“Divergent” Living"