Yesterday I attended my first day of the 2017 New Teacher Induction at TPS.
I spent the entire day learning a new strategy of classroom management, The No-Nonsense Nurturer.
It is a balance of no-nonsense; high expectations, clear directions, and building relationships with students and their families.
My take away was it will take some practice. It is not the natural enabling or controlling way classroom culture used to often look like. But it is a perfect balance of tough and tender that makes for a great classroom.
As I reflected upon it, I realized it’s kind of how God nurtures us. He’s the perfect blend of tough and tender. He is consistent. He has high expectations for each of His creation. He wants the best for each of us. He has an entire book of clear directions for us to follow. And He is all about relationships.
He is the perfect model for us to pattern ourselves after as parents and educators.
As a teacher I will be training my students in not just the core subjects, but in life skills. I want to make sure the pattern I follow, the pattern made up of all that I’ve learned over the years, and made my own, is a good one. Is it consistent? Does it require high expectations? Is it clear? And does it build relationships?
We each have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity as parents and teachers to help our future generations grow up to be the best they can be. We all are teachers in some way.
Let’s all together train our future generations in the way they should go. With reading, and writing, and arithmetic. BUT most of all, with Jesus. That’s the best no-nonsense culture there is!
Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he shall not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Love and laughter,