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Day 4: Watch a teacher speed-eat

August 14, 2018



Source:  Croyton Citizen

In Psychology we viewed the documentary film on the Yale University study internationally known as the Milgram Experiment.  We then discussed the Trolley Dilemma.  It’s too long to explain, but I will admit that it makes for great in-class conversation.

In Bible Leadership the students were treated to a surprise visitor for the second day in a row: an administrative staff member “popped in” and listened to a thirty-second speech each student had to pull together.  Today’s subject was on the historical evidence of Jesus.  Bill talked about Pliny the Younger, while Martin spoke on Josephus.   Sharon presented Tacitus.  Carl spoke about Seutonius.  Each student had fifteen minutes to prepare a quick message, going straight for the facts.   Nobody complained or whined about the challenge.  Good start for the Bible Leadership Class.

The Bible Doctrines class hit numerous areas today:  a bit on the doctrine of the Scriptures, a Koine Greek alphabet quiz, some key Greek words from the book of Revelation, and an introduction to a study on Heaven.

This week is what teachers would call “the week to get our rhythm”: We are all training our body to adjust to the pattern of lecture preceding discussion, the toughness/ease of quizzes, the readjustment of summertime to new school-year sleep patterns, the and even the lunchtime routine of eating within the time frame allowed.

Lunches. Oh, yeah, lunches.

Teachers and lunches.

That’s changed my train of thought. Let me stop and explain something.

Funny thing about teachers and their lunchtime methods – every educator in America must deal with this challenge.  You’d then that each teacher would simply go in and eat, but that’s why too simple.  Think of all the steps involved in a teacher actually putting food into their mouth at noontime.  We start the routine by hearing the bell,
dismissing the class (and waiting for the stragglers to pack their backpacks),
locking our door,
walking down the hall,
going through the lunch line,
talking to a student while trying to get our salad,
choosing our food from the food selections,
buttonholing a student who forgot their homework assignment,
finding a place to eat,
cleaning up,
helping the students along to class,
and getting ourselves situated at our next teaching period –
all within thirty minutes.

You weave in and out of humanity while trying to get enough private time for a simple repast.

Think of it like trying to ride a bucking bronco while picking up a handkerchief with your teeth off of the rodeo arena floor.

Even more than the maneuvering is the need for quickness.  We’re all racing the clock.

Oh, I’m not complaining, not at all.  Like I had said previously, I don’t really like lunch.  If it weren’t for the low blood sugar drop, I would pass on lunch.  My point is actually comical.

We are experts on speed-eating.  Take a teacher to dinner sometime and watch the pace at which he/she eats.  It’s admirably fast.  You don’t see wasted motion.  Every thing is set to move functionally – and quickly.  I bet the slowest of the teachers here at GCA – male or female – could knock out a full sit-down dinner before the rest of your party has finished their respective salads.   In fact, I bet they could demolish a complete meatball/spaghetti plate and have time to create a midterm exam complete with a word bank and extra credit before you ask for a refill on your coffee.  I am not accusing any educator of gluttony;  on the contrary, no teacher has the luxury of getting seconds.  Rather, I am proclaiming the gastronomic streamlining necessary to become a full-fledged instructor at a secondary school.  Slow eaters rarely get fired; they merely waste away by the seventh period.

But book-ending the lunchtime hours are classes that speak of a truly great start to the year.  The Lord has been good in allowing me to see numerous students reaching, stretching and asking for more Scriptural depth.  I stayed awhile after school with three young men who barraged me with numerous questions about church history, Bible books and questions pertaining to faith.  They want more than a grade.  They want to learn about this Jesus and the wonders of God.

I am so very thankful for God’s grace in these opening days.  He is plenteous in His giving of a spirit of hunger within the four walls of Room 129.  These first four days are a joy.  God is grace-giving.

Isn’t that just like Him?

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. – John 1:16

Grace upon grace – what does that mean?

John is saying that grace replaces grace. The Greek literally says “grace instead of grace, or grace in the place of grace.  Grace just keeps replacing itself. Grace is stacking itself, and when we take a box of grace away, there are two more replacing it. One Bible scholar said that it’s like waves at the beach, that you don’t know where one ends and one begins as they roll on top of each other. That’s how the Christian lives day to day, isn’t it?  We are in the sea of grace, getting wave after wave of the blessing of God.  

Does the growing energy in my classroom have anything to do with me?  Not hardly.  In all honesty, I cannot tell you the whole of it, but while grace is stacking itself in my room, I will enjoy it.

Thank you, graceful God.


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