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This provocative question was recently voiced by a teacher in the TES forums. The teacher goes on to say “some I’d happily take home and others I’d happily thump”. Slightly shocking - or a sentiment which is secretly reflected in the hearts of most teachers? At least from time to time?

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Do I have to like children to be a teacher?

This provocative question was recently voiced by a teacher in the TES forums. The teacher goes on to say “some I’d happily take home and others I’d happily thump”. Slightly shocking - or a sentiment which is secretly reflected in the hearts of most teachers? At least from time to time?

No confessions are necessary here. But the sentiment is understandable: if Jesus had been put in some of the situations teachers are in today, in front of a classroom of, well, you know who, would he have said “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”? (Luke 18:16).

Well - yes. He would have. And he does.

So, as followers of Jesus, how can we manage to maintain a godly attitude in adverse circumstances? The following are a few thoughts that, hopefully, will be helpful in this:

1. Don’t get frustrated at your frustration.

When you feel like thumping a pupil, (and you will), don’t be angry at yourself. The Apostle Paul, when talking in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 about the “thorn in his flesh” says:

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (TNIV)

2. Ask God to soften your heart

It is a prayer God always hears and acts upon. He loves doing it. He loves to mold our hearts, to shape them in his image. Even a few seconds every so often in his presence, asking him to shape your heart, can do wonders. It can replenish your energy levels, soften your attitude towards the most difficult people in your life and give you patience and strength to face them. It enables us to live in HIS strength!

3. Practise forgiveness

Every so often, when you think of an especially bad situation and anger rises up in you, take the simple decision to forgive. If you are alone, perhaps say out loud that you forgive them. Ask God to bless them. This can really help to prevent a build up of bitterness.

Think...

  • Any other coping strategies you use?
  • How has God helped you in difficult classroom situations?
Robin Staple is the Stapleford Centre coordinator

Robin Staple is The Stapleford Centre's coordinator. He is passionate about God, theology and coffee - and especially about how the Christian vision for holistic and wholesome education can offer a real contribution to the common good of society.

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