1 Corithians 13-- The Teacher's Version

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  1. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    My Mom found this today and emailed me a copy of it--- it's my favorite chapter in the Bible and it brought tears to my eyes after I read it. So true!!!! (Even if you're not a Christian, I'm sure you'll agree with it)

    1 Corinthians, Chapter 13:
    A Teacher's Paraphrase


    If I could explain everything perfectly to my students, but did not love each one of them, I might as well be talking to an empty room. If I could find all the answers to educational problems and did not love, my efforts would be futile. If I could buy every kind of educational aid and sacrificed to do so, but did not have love for my students, it would be a complete waste.

    Love is patient when it is necessary to repeat a concept over and over to a student who is having difficulty. Love is kind when an irate parent accuses and berates other teachers or me. Love is not jealous when the other teacher has an entire class of well-behaved and extremely intelligent children while mine are not so great.

    Love is not proud or boastful when my students improve greatly and really want to come to my class. Love is willing to yield my schedule and plans to fit in with the needs of others. Love does not scream at my class when they misbehave, but seeks to help them understand the importance of self-discipline.

    Love does not broadcast all of my students' problems and misdeeds to those in the lounge. Love keeps trying even when it seems a student will never understand long division or the difference between an adverb and an adjective.

    Teaching methods, bulletin boards, textbooks, yes, even computers, will eventually be discarded, but love is everlasting. These three things I have learned through teaching: endurance, patience and love. And the greatest of these is love.



    Fr. Ron Nuzzi​
     
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  3. yarnwoman

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    Thanks for sharing this. I borrowed it to share.
     
  4. Cerek

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    Very nice, BioAngel. Thanks for sharing that. :thumb:
     
  5. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    You're very welcome--- I'm planning on printing it out and putting it on my desk so I can read it over when I'm having a bad day.
     
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    So am I. Only I plan on giving copies to my other middle school team members. :)
     
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    I printed it and am planning on sharing it at faculty devotions on Tuesday. Thank you!
     
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    What a lovely, well written piece. Pretty great that it mirrors the Bible's definition of love's parameters. It applies to all walks of life, doesn't it? And, how cool that it was a gift from your mom!
    Thanks for posting it up. I'll be passing it along.
     
  9. Kat53

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    It's beautiful. I've never seen it before. Thanks for sharing!
     
  10. MrsC

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    That's beautiful--it expresses my philosophy so much more eloquently than I ever could.
     
  11. Starista

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    Oh how well said and simply beautiful! I plan to put this in my files! Every teacher needs to do a "devotion" before one our of faculty meetings -- and now I know what I'll be reading at mine! :)
     
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    Wow. Powerful words. Thanks for sharing. :love:
     
  13. ChristyF

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    I NEEDED this today. Thank you so much for sharing. It is now printed and hanging on the file cabinet next to my computer at school and on the wall here. I will be sharing it with co-workers, too. What a wonderful reminder to us all.
     
  14. SwOcean Gal

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    Love it! Thanks for sharing! Hopefully be passing it around too!
     
  15. yarnwoman

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    I was thinking of doing the same thing. My brother was in the construction business and dealt with the demo of old buildings. In one building he found an old poster titled a teacher's prayer which hangs above my desk. I was thinking of adding this next to it.
     
  16. SwOcean Gal

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    Oh, that is just so sweet! What a wonderful brother you have! I am jealous, one of my brothers used to be like that before he got married... now he is not allowed to speak to me. :(
     
  17. teacherSMK

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    Could you post the prayer?
     
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    Thanks for sharing!
     
  19. yarnwoman

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    I will post it this week.
     
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    Thanks for sharing! These is beautiful!
     
  21. yarnwoman

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    Here is the Poem my brother found and framed for me:

    Teacher’s Prayer

    I want to teach my students how
    To live this life on Earth.
    To face it’s struggles and it’s strife
    And to improve their worth.
    Not just the lesson in a book
    Or how the rivers flow, But how to choose the proper path
    Wherever they may go.
    To understand eternal truth
    And know the right from wrong,
    And gather all the beauty of
    A flower and a song.
    For if I help the world to grow
    In wisdom and in grace,
    Then I shall feel that I have won
    And I have filled my place.
    And so I ask your guidance, God,
    That I may do my part.
    For character and confidence
    And happiness of heart.
    -James J. Metcalf
     
  22. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    That rendition of 1 Corinthians 13 is stunning and powerful! I just forwarded it to the entire staff. And the prayer just posted is great as well!
     

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