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Location: Texas, United States

I am a teacher with 33 years experience in public education. The purpose of this web log is to critically examine the present state of education in our great country and, particularly, in Texas.

Monday, February 07, 2005

If a teacher reads this

Morning thoughts

Remember as you start your day that you may be the single greatest influence in a child's life today. The way you respond to the first greeting of the day may save a life - literally. I know that some of the finest moments in my career happened when I listened to a child, just the child, not the mind I am supposed to fill with knowledge, but the little innocent spirit that just wanted to be loved. Your legacy is in the warmth of your smile, the sincerity in your greeting, the words of advice you should not be afraid to give. Pray that God will guide you to respond to children in your room in the way that God would respond to them. You are there in that classroom to help nurture a life. Yes, you are there to teach, but if you don't have a sincere, parental, and Godly relationship with your kids, you will teach next to nothing. There is nothing wrong with a kid feeling like he or she is walking into another loving home when they enter your classroom. There is nothing wrong with thinking that you have been given the greatest commission since time began. Because you have been given a great commission - to help shape the lives of children, to help them to believe in themselves, to help them love knowledge. I will offer a special prayer for you this morning. God bless you teachers, every one.

John

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