Today was an interesting day! My second day back to work and I had to reflect on the biblical worldview of classroom procedures. I know they are needed, but I began to really think about God’s purpose for this. What is the biblical principle behind classroom procedures? What truth do I want my students to understand from this whole process?”
A biblical worldview usually begins with asking why. There’s no point in doing this unless there is a point. Some might say the point is to help you manage the class. That’s true, but what are my students learning? What is their learning target? I believe that the learning target is that students will understand that there is a time for everything. There’s a time to talk and a time to listen. There’s a time to play and a time to focus. There’s a time to express yourself and a time to cheer others on. There’s a time to get up and a time to sit down.
You see, this is a biblical principle taken from Ecclesiastes 3:11. It says, “To everything there is a season; a time for every purpose under heaven.”
Our Role as Christian Teachers
This is the focus of the first day of school. I want my students to know this biblical principle. I don’t need to tell them it’s from the bible. It’s a truth I believe and want my students to know. I can communicate this truth, remind them of this truth, and expect them to live by this truth. That’s my role as a Christian teacher in public school.
As I go into my first day of school, that’s my message to my students. That’s the biblical mindset that I have when I walk into my classroom. That’s my duty as a Christian teacher in public school. I’m not teaching the Bible but I am teaching biblical principles. I’m teaching my students to think about truth and apply it to their lives. Truth is universal. God’s truth applies to everything and that’s what I do as a Christian teacher in the public school.