Prayer: Lord help me to be the best teacher I can possibly be, and with Your help and guidance, love and encourage my students on to success. Amen

Scripture: Cast your bread upon the waters: for you will find it after many days. Eccl. 11:1 NIV

Casting bread upon the waters is analogous to teaching. Ponder that word picture. What do you see?

Could the bread be what we teach? Could the waters be our students? Could what is found after many days be the “ah hah” experience when the students begin to understand?

This word picture also brings to mind patience. We don’t know when we will see success. We hope that we have prepared and presented information that is clear, acceptable, and challenges students to think. We believe that all students can learn, but we understand that they don’t all learn at the same time, in the same way.

So, we pray during preparation, “Lord, help me prepare what is exceedingly acceptable.” We pray during presentation, “Lord, let me cast this information in ways that are understandable and meet my students’ learning needs.” We pray during group and individual practice, “Lord, help my students find this bread that has been so carefully prepared and served.” We pray during assessment, “Lord, help us all rejoice in success.”

I’m doing a lot of casting this year. How about you?

Copyright Sharon Sewell.

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