Preparation. Preparation. Preparation.

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Photography by Tyler Park

Every time August comes around, I have this awful reoccurring dream. It’s the first day of school. Every thing is moving in slow motion. I’m panicking. I have no idea what I’m doing the first day of class.

I arrive early. After clicking ferociously through files of past lesson plans saved on my computer, I race to the copy machine, only to find there’s a long line because two out of three of the machines are jammed!

Chest tightens. The bell rings. I give up hope on having any type of lesson for the first day. My students walk in and they sit…waiting. The tardy bell rings…all eyes on me. Finally, I wake up and realize it’s all a dream.

Thank God!

As much as I hate this dream, it echoes what Harry Wong believes are “the three most important words to a teacher: Preparation. Preparation. Preparation.”

 

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So what all do we prepare? Of course, we need to prepare lesson plans, decorations, and classroom supplies. And while all these are important, we must not neglect one of the most important ways we can prepare: prayer.

  • Love– Pray that we would love our students and staff no matter how hard it is (1 Thessalonians 4:10).
  • Leaders-Pray for all the decisions they have to make and that we would humbly submit to what they ask and/or respectfully speak up and decline when our beliefs are compromised (Romans 13:1).
  • Co-Workers-Pray that we would be encouraging to one another and work well with each other (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).
  • Students-Pray that they would understand what we teach. Pray for the students who drive.you.up.the.wall. (because you will have one). Pray for your relationships with them (2 Timothy 2:24-25).
  • Yourself-Pray that God will equip you to do all He has called  you to do, without the need to compare yourself to anyone else, trusting that He is for you (Galatians 6:4-6; 2 Corinthians 10:17-18; Hebrews 13:20-21).

And of course, we must prepare our wardrobes for the year. This is one of my favorites!

I paired a leopard pencil skirt ( I love pencil skirts because they typically go past my knees) with a black ruffle shirt. For shoes, I wore my black wedges, but you can also wear them with a nice pair of flats (as I often do when I’ve tired through the day).

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Lastly, my accessories included a tan belt, three-tone oval shimmer bracelet, and feather earrings.

Good luck, friends! Praying you have a fantastic school year!

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