‘Therefor put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then…’
– Ephesians 6:13-14a NIV
Galatians 6:9 says not to be weary in well-doing for in due season you shall reap a harvest if you do not give up. James 1:12 reminds us that we are blessed when we persevere under trial and will be rewarded with a crown of righteousness God promises to those who love Him. Two of my favorite verses that remind me of the ‘why?’ when tempted to give in, give up, or retreat, when it comes to dealing with obstacles and oppositional forces within the classroom environment.
I have actually encountered, over the past 2-3 weeks, some challenging behaviors from individual students that required the attention of parents and administrators, phone calls, security, mental/emotional posturing, prayer, persistence, perseverance, endurance, and standing firm, but grace prevailed!
Though I am in an ideal school community, students do not always conduct themselves with ideal behaviors, and my responses are not always ideal, but after having done all I could do to maintain order and manage my classroom effectively despite the disruption, dysfunction, and disorder, grace prevailed!
At the conclusion of what felt like a very llllloooonnnngggg week, I reflected on what I would say to conclude what it meant to be at this point at the end of the week and ‘Position of Victory,’ came to mind. Despite how tired I feel, what may have occurred over the past 2-3 weeks, I feel, after having done all I could do to stand, grace prevailed!
In the midst of the obstacles and opposition, behaviors working against instead of with me, I distributed ‘Happy Grams,’ sent home positive progress reports, received notes from parents thanking me for the positive notes affirming their child, thank you’s from students who got their notes in the mail, and the positive feelings that come from spreading positive vibes in the face of adversity! The payoff was watching those same students who were oppositional, regroup and make the right choices while I was managing my own anger, frustration, disappointment, and disparaging feelings.
Even though I may even feel at times, I have no desire to engage, or face the challenge of misconduct with actions of redirect over the preference of referrals and suspension, being honest, it is always affirming and encouraging as a professional when grace prevails because of being proactive instead of reactive!
May God bless you and help you to stand firm in your efforts to maintain order and manage the classroom.