There's a child whose behavioral and learning problems are beyond anything I've experienced in the past decade. Will I be able to get through to this kid? Is improvement possible? What can I possibly do to catch this little one up to speed?
I was just sitting on my couch trying to figure out a battle plan when I came across this post from the Christian teacher blog Teach On Purpose:
Ah, yes. Of course there's something I can do. In the midst of all my modifications and differentiations, how did I forget the most important intervention of all?Just got done praying for my kids. I can't even tell you how much this has changed the relational connection to my students. Nothing helps me put down my agenda, see them as real people, and treat them with the dignity and humanity they deserve like spending a minute or two praying through each class roster.I'm not great at this and I often miss days, but just like every other meeting, prayer time is scheduled into my calendar. Every day my calendar pops up a to-do list during planning time, and at least 3 days each week, that list includes prayer. You know how long it takes to pray through 2 classes per day, mentioning each child by name? Somewhere around 2 minutes, and as packed as my schedule gets, 2 minutes is often the only manageable time I have to refocus, re-purpose, and rethink the people I serve.