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Planning ahead

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:21, 23‬ ‭Every day brings new opportunities and lessons in how to plan without worry. The Lord’s mercies are new every morning, and He holds… Continue reading Planning ahead

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Mercy, peace, and love

“The mercy of God is the spring and fountain of all the good we have or hope for; mercy, not only to the miserable, but to the guilty. Next to mercy is peace, which we have from the sense of having obtained mercy. From peace springs love; Christ's love to us, our love to him,… Continue reading Mercy, peace, and love


Teacher’s April Fools’ Day Prank

Teacher’s April Fools’ Day Step 1: empty and wash out bottle Step 2: fill with water Step 3: take a couple drinks in the middle of class Student reactions so far: Disgust🤢 Incredulity 🤨 “Can I have some?”😋 “What??!!??”😳 (When a new student/teacher comes in) “Ms. Watson, why don’t you take a drink now?” 😉… Continue reading Teacher’s April Fools’ Day Prank


For this Monday

.....What a good reminder for an otherwise tired, mundane, unwelcome Monday. ....I belong to God because He is my creator. I am redeemed - created new in Christ - because of his good work of redemption on the cross and resurrection over death. ....Since he has called me to himself, I have a hope-filled purpose-… Continue reading For this Monday

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To my Teacher Self: you are serving the Lord Christ

This week in my fifth grade class we are reading “This I Believe: Free Hearts and Minds at Work", a radio talk by Jackie Robinson. This quote toward the end really stood out to me: “And in the largest sense, I believe that what I did was done for me — that it was my… Continue reading To my Teacher Self: you are serving the Lord Christ


To love and good works

"Look Miss W. I put the encouragement up on the board so that everyone would know to do their best job today." -G, 5th grade I smiled at his sweet sincerity and helpfulness. I was also a little disconcerted. Had he known that Hebrews 19:24 was that morning's "verse of the day" on my Bible… Continue reading To love and good works

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Kindness and Humor

Today’s themes: Kindness and Humor. Today is the last day before Christmas break, for which I am so thankful! But even more than that, I’m thankful for the memories of my students today. Like little J in the elf hat carefully bouncing down the hall to deliver cookies to office staff and anyone else she… Continue reading Kindness and Humor

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Teacher Seeking Approval

Sometimes, in the midst of the hurry, the pressures, and worries of this time in the semester, I forget that those things are not the sum of my life, or even the sum of my present circumstances. I have to stop and remind myself that this person’s approval may be pressing, that activity may be urgent, this work may be threatening to consume my time, but that is not all of my reality. The tyranny of the urgent will always be there, but there is always more.


Classroom Culture: Thanksgiving Pumpkin, Day One

What my fifth-graders were thankful for this week. ❤️ Supplies needed: 2 minutes Largest pumpkin teacher can carry Sharpie The question: "What are you thankful for today?" Directions: repeat daily until December 1. Result: Smiles and redirected hearts after the Halloween craziness.


Giant Word Find

Laminate poster-sized sight-word word find and staple to presentation boards. (Glue gun won't keep it mounted...) add paper copies for students to keep, a dry erase marker, and expo wipes (not pictured). I used binder clips to hold the presentation tri-folds together for easy assembly/disassembly/storage. :) This is for an outdoor school event and has… Continue reading Giant Word Find