How Christian Teachers Can Make an Impact in the Classroom
For a teacher with a background rooted in faith, the classroom is more than just a place to teach.
While it goes without saying that every teacher is different, it is particularly important to note that there are just certain things Christian teachers can do that their contemporary counterparts cannot.
For a teacher with a background rooted in faith, the classroom is more than just a place to teach. It’s a mission field in which they can witness and have eternal impact. This level of intention is really what sets these individuals apart from teachers and makes them even more effective. If you want to go beyond simply teaching academics and have a significant impact, then learn to embody the following practices to be a more impactful teacher.
Christian teachers have a mission that reaches beyond academics. The goal of a Christian teacher is to change and empower lives. To do so, you must have a strong sense of resolve and know your purpose. You must also see your classroom as your mission field and know that the way you carry yourself as well as the way you interact with and engage your students has a far-reaching impact. As you went through your own education, you probably had mentors to look up to and learn from. Become that mentor for your own students. Even online schools use this method. WGU says part of their mission is to be sure every student “…has support and a dedicated mentor to take you all the way through graduation…” Use this strategy and remember your mission is to the students first.
To have the most significant impact on the lives around you, you need to develop the respect of not only your colleagues and administration, but also your students. One of the most effective ways to do that is to pursue excellence in every aspect of what you do. It is important to keep in mind that while there is danger in mediocracy, there is also danger in perfectionism. Instead of constantly traversing that slippery slope, set out do your best for Christ, and work toward excellence in everything you do, not perfection.
Many a teacher has said that the best solution to their most troublesome student was love. Once a child knows he or she is loved, everything changes. Fortunately, Christian teachers are able to pour love into the hearts and lives of students who need it most. While it can be hard, choosing to love the most unlovable students is one of the biggest ways Christian teachers make a difference for their students.
Discipline the Heart
Every teacher knows how important an effective classroom management strategy is. But Christian teachers know that it’s about more than just having a classroom that runs smoothly. These teachers discipline not just for the outward behavior, but for the inward hart change. This difference helps their students transfer behavior from the classroom out into the real world and that makes all the difference.
Encourage & Edify
It’s easy for any teacher to praise a student, but Christian teachers know the art of encouraging. Encouragement takes it a step further than just verbally recognizing a job well done and empowers students to be more determined, hopeful, and even confident. This level of encouragement is one that Christian teachers do well and makes all the difference in and out of the classroom.
Genuine humility is one of the most effective ways to earn the respect of students, which in turn, creates a unique opportunity for influence. Christian teachers who embody humility are able to get rid of the façade and allow their students to see them just where they are. This practice establishes a sense of reciprocity in which students and teacher can be real about their struggles and admit when they fall short, providing deeper connection and growth. There are few things quite as powerful in the classroom.
While being a teacher as a Christian is not without its challenges, it presents huge advantages and opportunities. Christian teachers are able to connect with their students on levels their contemporaries cannot. That connection is not only beneficial to the students in an academic sense, but it also has the potential to change their lives.