Create Your Dream Classroom: Book Review and Giveaway

If you aren’t reading Linda Kardamis’ blog Teach 4 the Heart, you are missing out! She consistently shares encouraging and practical messages that speak to issues teachers face in the classroom everyday. When Linda informed me that she had published her first book, Create Your Dream Classroom, I was so excited to check it out and review it here for you all.

The format of the book is unique. Create Your Dream Classroom is not a comprehensive, step-by-step guide (after all, each person's vision for their classroom is different.) Rather, it’s a collection of 54 brief lessons around various aspects of saving your sanity, escaping the rut, and sharpening your skills as a teacher. Linda touches on everything from understanding people's various world views to friending students and parents on Facebook to time saving tips to getting kids to participate in class.


The flow of living water: make summer an adventure!

Have you ever wondered why the Dead Sea is considered dead? Unlike other fresh water bodies, water is only flowing into the Dead Sea, not out of it. Water (and all the minerals within it) flow in from the Jordan River and then become trapped, with no way to flow out. This is one of the reasons why the water is too salty to sustain life.

Christians are the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13), but we can’t keep all our salt to ourselves. And we cannot allow knowledge and wisdom to flow into us and not back out into the lives of people around us.


The online Bible study for teachers begins July 1st!

Last summer, hundreds of educators participated in the Awakened Devotional Bible Study for Christian Educators. We had a beautifully diverse group of participants from all over the world sharing their struggles, victories, and prayer requests, and I thank God for that. I am especially grateful for the small core group of people who commented faithfully and worked to build a sense of community and fellowship as they offered to pray for one another and followed up on each others' prayer requests. I feel very blessed to have learned from these wonderful teachers' experiences and the stories they shared about what God was revealing to them.

We're about to kick off another intense, month-long study in July with the goal being transformational change and a renewed mind and spirit for the fall...and I hope you'll join us!


God will be with your mouth

This morning I woke up lacking motivation and quite honestly the confidence to do the things I need to do today. I’ve got a few projects that are totally out of my comfort zone, and I'm having a hard time pushing through them.

I opened up my Bible to the random place where I had stuck my church bulletin on Sunday. It was in the book of Jeremiah. My eye was drawn to a passage I had previously underlined:
Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them. Jer 1:17 (NKJV) 


Free scripture cards to encourage and inspire

Here's a new (free) product I've put on TeachersPayTeachers just in time for the new year! Each card in this set features a different Bible verse. I've carefully selected every scripture that is included: they are verses that have been particularly inspirational and uplifting to me in my work as a teacher. 

My personal goal is to meditate on one of these verses each day, and by making the cards available to you, I'm hoping the cards will serve as a memorization tool for you, as well.

I've also made a full set of daily scripture cards which can serve as a calendar to help you track the days of school and receive a fresh word of Biblical encouragement on a daily basis.