Are you listening to me?

I love the blog of Magical Mystical Teacher. This post (based on Psalm 115:6) is just one of many reasons why:

“J-Boy, get back in your seat!” I say to one of my most active students at least three dozen times a day. I wish I were exaggerating, but I’m not. (Does this kid have rocks in his ears?)

“We did problems like this together ten minutes ago,” I say to T-Girl, as she asks me—again—how to round numbers to the nearest hundred.

“If you’re talking, you’re obviously not reading,” I say—for the third time—during the daily ten-minute period of SSR (Silent Sustained Reading).

And then there is the phrase I use so often during the day that I sometimes get sick of hearing myself say it: “How many times do I have to tell you ____ [fill in the blank]?”

Two of my students do have hearing impairments—but what about the other twenty? What’s their excuse? I’ve come to the conclusion that they are like the idols of silver and gold, contemned by the psalmist: They have ears, but do not hear.

Lest I become too smug, however, I need to ask myself: How’s my hearing? Am I listening for the voice of the Spirit throughout the day?

Do I hear the Spirit telling me to be gentle with the child who heard his mother getting beat up—again—last night?

Do I hear the Spirit telling me to be patient with the child for whom math is a struggle, and who may need to have a concept explained and illustrated fifteen—or more—times until she finally “gets” it?

Convicted yet? There's more--check out the full post here.


Miss Ashley said...

Thank you for your blog! I am a Christian teacher in Georgia and pop in from time to time. I love how you have been used to speak to my heart and remind me of some simple truths that go hand in hand in the classroom. My classroom is much like yours, children raised in Godly homes, but not a Christian school. I am so thankful God called me to teach! Keep up the posts! :D

Anonymous said...

I visited Magical Mystical blog to read the rest and saved it to my favorites. Thank you so much for sharing it and reminding me to look to Jesus.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Thank you for spreading the Good News!

Unknown said...

What a great story! It may sound like a simple thing, but the note thanking him for “treating him like a human being,” is one many of us in the world of disabilities hear quite often. It doesn’t take much effort to treat others as humans, no matter what differences any of us have – we’re all people.