Theory does not give the teacher the skills required to analyze, prepare, teach, transform and evaluate a classroom of students. Individuals should prepare for the classroom the same way a medical student prepares for the operating room. No hospital would permit a graduate student operating privileges in a first class hospital. Before permitted to enter the room with live individuals, the doctor has demonstrated competence in all procedures regarding operating room procedures, one would hope there are no on the job training operating procedures, if so, I would not want to be the patient depending on this novice for my life. The doctor would have read the theoretical information regarding life saving procedures, but unless he has also had practical opportunities to learn practical procedures for entering the body, no sane person would submit to becoming the training manual for theories learned in a classroom

I spend a lot of time on social media listening to people speak about issues of concern. Many frustrated teachers come into the chat room and almost all of them have negative issues about working with students. Most present different stages of Burnout, blaming parental support, student deficiency and too much goverment envolvement in the education of students. The common variable presenting was that they were hard working, dedicated teachers, but not good qualified teachers. What was coming from the teachers was anger and frustration and they were taking that anger out on other members of the chat room. Teaching is a spiritual calling and act, and if individuals preparing to enter into the field of service have any problems or reservations about any all of the people of God concerning class, culture, race or creed they should reconsider teaching as a profession. 

 

Burber[1] defines the concept of spiritual teaching for this writer and teacher. He states that spiritual teaching involves having a relationship with God. Burber argues that individuals should have an I-Thou relationship with each other rather an you-me seperational relationship. The individual should see others as the mirror image of the self. As teachers see students as made in the image and likeness of God, and themselves, they will learn to expect excellence from both.

Martin Burber calls us to take on the God-self within. The individual enters into a relationship with God based on mutual respect. This, I-thou relationship with God, makes it possible to see and know thy self, and will become a valuable asset when interacting with children. Seeing children and coworkers as made in the image and likeness of God makes human relationships personal. Sometimes it is not possible to change the environment, but with spiritual teaching it is possible to change the peace in the environment. Teaching from and with the fruit of the spirit is the key to addressing issues of burnout.

This writer discovered, from personal experience, that teaching very young children, especially in daycare, requires a special kind of relationship, this is the foundation of spiritual formation. The church can help the teacher in the spiritual formation process, and with academic preparation develop the formula for teaching success. God is the teacher, and the teacher is the instrument through which God manifest his/her will. Through spiritual formation, the teacher learns how to let go and let God work through them. Prayer, preparation and purpose are the vehicles through which teaching takes place. Stay on prayer, stay on preparation, stay on purpose, and you the teacher will be able to stay in the classroom.

 

[1] “Ich und Du, usually translated as I and Thou, is a book by Martin Buber, published in 1923, and first translated to English in 1937. Buber’s main thesis is that we may address relationships in two ways: that of the “I” towards an “It”, towards an object that is separate in itself, which we either use or experience; and that of the ‘I’ towards ‘Thou’, in which we move into existence in a relationship without bounds. One of the major themes of the book is that human life finds its meaningfulness in relationships. All of our relationships, Buber contends, bring us ultimately into relationship with God, who is the Eternal Thou.” Retrieved from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_and_Thou” 6-7-2014

Teacher’s   Spiritual   Affirmation

 

 

Today I let go of all thoughts of failure about myself, and the students with whom I work.

 

Today I negate all negative information received in my childhood or relationships about who I am and can be.

 

Today I forgive my self for mistakes made based on pass knowing and faulty information about the divinity within myself.

 

Today I negate all information received in my teacher training about racial, class and economic differences about children and their cognitive ability.

 

Today I acknowledge myself as part of all living things and accept my relationship to them and their history.

 

Today I surrender myself to the God within and accept responsibility for that God presence.

 

I can speak my world into existence

 

I can speak the quality of my relationships into existence

 

I can speak perfect rightness in my classroom into existence

 

I can speak my students into where I want them to be and spiritually move them from where they are.I enter into an I Thou relationship with my students. I enter into an I Thou relationship with my co-workersI enter into an I Thou relationship with my principal (staff)I enter into an I Thou relationship with the parents of my students I am an individualization of God acting as me and through me at the point of my existence…And so it is                                          

Negative conditioning placed in the heads of teachers with respect to students must be eliminated, it not only hurts the students, it destroys the effectiveness of the teacher. The national security and future of our country depends on an educated citizenry. Negative beliefs are usually helped through spiritual assistance. If the schools continue to program teachers with negative views, then the churches must help to transform the belief systems of the teachers in order that they may know themselves to be effective in the classroom.

Teaching is a spiritual act, and the place to go for spiritual transformation is the church. The Church is a place where people can go and find spirituality. It is a place where teachers can go to begin spiritual formation. Church is a place where teachers can take problems and concerns to a higher power without worrying that it will show up on a progress report. Religious institutions should provide a place and a time where teachers can come and get the strength and the skills they need for effective teaching.

The Church, or any house of spiritual commitment, is a place where teachers can learn the magic of teaching and the satisfaction of doing God’s work. With the help of the Holy Spirit, whom ever you conceive it to be, as a teacher, you will know, and know that you know, and when you enter the classroom, the students will know your purpose, and know that you know your purpose. The National Council of Churches has indicated that churches have the responsibility to assist the public education sector in its delivery of effective teaching.

It stated that if the churches do not help the families, then the families would take their children out of the public education system and place them in private settings. This, the Council said would be harmful to poor families, which cannot afford private school.

This program takes the position that the stress factors related to the public school is not an economic issue but a spiritual issue. Teaching is a calling, and teachers must receive the tools to answer that call. Children and families must also be involved in the process. Education is the major transformation source in this country. If the teacher is to be the instrument of that transformation, it is necessary to go through a spiritual transforming process to prepare for the assignment.

Parents

 

Parents are sensitive to their children and their needs. All parents love and care about their children. Pedagogical courses do not give an adequate understanding of parents in different cultural environments. What you say to a parent about a child you are indirectly saying to the parent. Make parents comfortable in any and all interactions with you the teacher. No individual like to hear negative news, when you report negative information about a parent’s child you are hurting the parent. Have a positive plan to help parents understand all growth and challenging areas. Help parents to see you as a partner and a professional with the skills to teach their child at the level of cognitive ability and learning style. Report your progress with working effectively with the student. Always be on the side of the parent in handling the needs of the child. Make monthly calls to share the positive course of development and progress made by student. Send weekly reports on teacher made test recording the progress of students. Encourage parents to bring relatives to parents meetings to see the progress of students. Work as hard as you can to teach students the skills they need for success and help them to experience success. Teach to the problem they may be experiencing. Teach to the challenges of life. Teach how to develop the skills of problem solving and cognitive analysis. Test should not be a surprise for students, teach to the level of need, repeat as often as necessary to determine if information has been process. Input into the students the information they will need to experience learning and success. The testing process is for the teacher, not the student. The teacher test should provide feedback and evaluation of effectiveness of instructional preparation and delivery. When 90% of the class demonstrates that a clear understanding of a concept, then administer the test to be sent to parents. Testing student on material they do not know or have the skills to solve is unfair teaching. Student rebel at unfair teaching, parents lose respect for teachers who engage in unfair teaching. Teachers who do not have adequate pedagogical skills, often fail students and blame parents, socio economic factors or diversity challenges for failure. Parents understand this and will provide respect and support for teachers who conquer this challenge.

 

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