This week we are starting something new in my classroom. With just over eleven weeks left until summer break, I've been getting to know my students for over six months now. I have seen their strengths and weaknesses, and I'm sure that they've seen mine.
Back in the very beginning of October, when I had known them for under two months, I chose a phrase to pray for each of my students over the year. During Christmas break (just over the four month mark), I chose a Bible passage to go with the phrase I had chosen. You can see those here if you're interested.
So today I brought my students into it. Each day during morning devotions, one student comes up to the front where their classmates can tell him or her how they see God at work in his or her life. Then, I share the phrase and verse I've been praying all year and we pray for that student as a class. Building one another up is my goal (Eph. 4:29).
Natalia went today (Gospel Understanding, 1 Cor 15:1-6). Our class came together (if only for 10 min.), and I think God was glorified. I am excited about this new way He is at work in my classroom.
ENCOURAGE is my word for this year, and I'm trying to apply it the classroom as well as other areas of my life.