Last week Michelle Grimes came to teach us about behavior. She is a 5th grade teacher from an inner city school in Kansas City. As she taught, I easily could relate to her topics and lessons as I spent 2 years as a 5th grade teacher, and one year teaching 6th grade.
The first day of her teaching she spoke about the difference between discipline and punishment. She used the verse in Hebrews 12:5 that talks about how a loving father (God) disciplines his children. As teachers and caretakers of children, our discipline towards them should be as God’s discipline towards us: done out of love, and done to train. Michelle talked about how kids need to learn how to discipline themselves or they will become miserable adults.
I enjoyed Michelle’s teaching style, as she gave us examples of behavior, and we had to come up with a plan to correct the behavior. It was very practical and hands on, and made me think back to situations I encountered with I had my own group of students. Michelle talked about 4 reasons for misbehavior, which are power, avoidance of failure, revenge, and attention. I had never heard of these categories for misbehavior, but after she taught on them I could identify situations when I had students misbehave for those 4 reasons.
As far as outreach goes, everything is still moving forward with going to Zimbabwe. My parents were in Swaziland the last few weeks, and met people from Zimbabwe to give them information about what it is like living there. There is a huge need, both socially and spiritually, and starting tomorrow the team that is praying about going will be meeting to pray and ask God to prepare the way for us.