We are a blessed people. The Odessa Community of Christ Church has many voices, talents, and spiritual guides, young and old. Each Sunday, we have the opportunity to come together and share the richness that God has given us. God stirs in our worship and in our fellowship together. We get a "warm and fuzzy" feeling from the familiar faces of our brothers and sisters as we worship together with our Lord.
Our weeks are filled with "the daily stuff". You know, the things that happen in our lives that matter in the moment. We sit with our calendars and our schedules to see what things should be taken care of on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, hoping to coast into the weekend to catch our breath and start it all over next Monday! These things are what call our lives away from God, the daily matters that hold us back from spiritual growth.
While our Sunday fellowship is important to each of us on our journey to a more Christ-like life, it is only the beginning. God has called us to be disciples. Each of us. Discipleship calls for action! This means taking that warm, fuzzy feeling we feel inside each Sunday and moving onward and upward (but more importantly forward!) in our personal journey with God; to make Monday Matter…and every other day!
Come with us on this journey of self reflection and re-direction. Take the weekly challenge to move out into the gifts that God has in store for you. Listen to God's call and make Monday Matter!
Mondays can be ...
What is at the core of your life, your meaning, your very soul? What is most important to you? Look around to recognize those people of precious importance in your life. Take time to evauate those things in your life of magnitude. Feel the burning, the passion in your heart as you travel this journey of reflection and renewal. May you be blessed with the gift of a smile on your heart.
We will be making efforts to bring different data and inspriration for a variety of folks. Some things make a difference depending on your age, and yet somethings will hit home for all ages (potentially). What matter most to ... ?
Romans 12:9 "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality."
Week 1 (2-5-12)
Week 2 (2-12-12)
Week 3 (2-19-12)
Week 4 (2-26-12)
Week 5 (3-4-12)
Week 6 (3-11-12)
Week 7 (3-18-12)
Week 8 (3-25-12)
Week 9 (4-1-12)
Week 10 (4-8-12)
Week 11 (4-15-12)
Week 12 (4-22-12)
Week 13 (4-29-12)
Week 14 (5-6-12)
Week 14: Theme "Teachers Matter"
· There are 3.3 million teachers in the U.S -- 2.6 million teach K-12.
· 42% of K-12 teachers are over 50 years old.
· Almost 50% of teachers leave the profession by their fifth year.
· A $15 billion per year investment or a 30% raise for all teachers is necessary to make teacher compensation competitive with other professions requiring similar levels of education.
· In 37 states, teacher salaries do not keep pace with inflation.
· $7 billion a year is the cost of teacher turnover.
· The single most important factor in determining student performance is the quality of his or her teachers.
· Identify a teacher you want to thank -- your child's teacher, a friend or neighbor who teaches, a teacher at a local school, or a teacher of your own.
· Show this teacher your appreciation by:
· Writing a thank-you note .
· Bringing a gift like homemade cookies, handpicked flowers, a book on a topic that interests them, or a gift card for something you know they will like.
· Honor them with a surprise visit and a handshake and a hug.
The above facts refer to our school teachers. But what of the other teachers in our lives or the lives of our children? Our many different Sunday School teachers, the councelors at camp, the team-leaders at work, our coaches, the next door neighbor we see living a Godly life. Yes, even acknowledging our parents. We have many mentors in our lives that deserve our respect, attention and gratitude.
Now, what about THE Great Teacher, Jesus Christ? As part of the "Action" and "You Matter" areas of this study, you are encouraged to search your mind and your heart of the styles, words and intent of Jesus Christ. Listed on the back of this page are attributes of a great teacher.
-In the area under each point, jot down how Jesus fits those attributes.
-Test yourself and your study habits by then finding and listing scripture references relating to that area of thought.
You Matter -
By GreatSchools Staff
What makes a great teacher? Teaching is one of the most complicated jobs today. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.
Here are some characteristics of great teachers:
1. Great teachers set high expectations for all students . They expect that all students can and will achieve in their classroom, and they don't give up on underachievers.
2. Great teachers have clear, written-out objectives. Effective teachers have lesson plans that give students a clear idea of what they will be learning, what the assignments are and what the grading policy is. Assignments have learning goals and give students ample opportunity to practice new skills. The teacher is consistent in grading and returns work in a timely manner.
3. Great teachers are prepared and organized. They are in their classrooms early and ready to teach. They present lessons in a clear and structured way. Their classrooms are organized in such a way as to minimize distractions.
4. Great teachers engage students and get them to look at issues in a variety of ways. Effective teachers use facts as a starting point, not an end point; they ask "why" questions, look at all sides and encourage students to predict what will happen next. They ask questions frequently to make sure students are following along. They try to engage the whole class, and they don't allow a few students to dominate the class. They keep students motivated with varied, lively approaches.
5. Great teachers form strong relationships with their students and show that they care about them as people. Great teachers are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. Teachers with these qualities are known to stay after school and make themselves available to students and parents who need them. They are involved in school-wide committees and activities, and they demonstrate a commitment to the school.
6. Great teachers are masters of their subject matter. They exhibit expertise in the subjects they are teaching and spend time continuing to gain new knowledge in their field. They present material in an enthusiastic manner and instill a hunger in their students to learn more on their own.
7. Great teachers communicate frequently with parents. They reach parents through conferences and frequent written reports home. They don't hesitate to pick up the telephone to call a parent if they are concerned about a student.
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