How can I teach unencumbered?
With all that is required of the educator how does one manage all of the increasing demands, maintain balance between effective teaching and classroom management, while remaining sane in the process? While trying to accomplish this great high wire act, this also includes the unrealistic expectation of operating at optimal level in producing students who perform at high rates of proficiency in classrooms that exceed 30 or more students. It reminds me of the dilemma Pharaoh created for the Israelites by taking from them the resource of straw, but requiring they still meet the daily quota of bricks without it. An impossible task only made seemingly more difficult when you consider the very people the schoolhouse serves and supports is blaming it for the ‘crisis’ in education.
It is in the face of this landscape, the educator, with the threat of ‘burnout’ looming over their shoulder, must marshal from within them the fortitude, resolve, and determination needed to stand their ground and believe they can still make a difference. Like David’s stance against Goliath, the educator must enlist the accompaniment of hope, love, and wisdom believing they are armed sufficiently with resources to aid them in triumphing in making a difference in the lives of the students they teach. Armed with passion, knowledge, and compassion, the educator ascends and transcends the reality of the condition of their current circumstances to raise their students to greater heights of academic achievement and success by modeling the power of belief.
An unencumbered educator builds and rebuilds momentum fueled by a passion filled with a resolve and hope they can make a difference. Despite increasing, sometimes unrealistic demands, an unencumbered educator uses their knowledge of content in a way that is relatable, enjoyable, and memorable for the students and inspires them to engage consistently in the process of teaching and learning. And as Jesus saw the multitudes as sheep without a Shepherd, the unencumbered educator consistently looks at their students with the eyes and a heart of compassion. They have a sincere regard for their students with a healthy understanding of their limitations that minimizes the threat of burnout and positions them to be a source of empowerment for their students. Strive, in the face of the challenges associated with teaching, to be an unencumbered educator. ‘To this end I labor struggling with all his energy that works so wonderfully in me.’ – Colossians 1:29
May God bless you and help you excel and thrive in being unencumbered in your efforts to engage and inspire your students in the process of teaching and learning.