In our 3rd & 4th grade class this year, I decided to implement a constructive way to teach our 3rd and 4th grade students how to develop quality character traits.
Each character trait is introduced and prominently displayed on a bulletin board in two places in our classroom with a, “Quote of the Week.” We read it together throughout the week along with a principle taught from the bible and discuss how it coincides with our class rules. I encourage our students to pray for the Lord to show them how they can practice the character trait during the week.
A week ago, we focused on the quote, “Be a Sunshine in Someone’s Cloud.” The corresponding verses were:
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2
I wanted our students to remember we all sin, and no one is perfect. That is why we need God’s help to show us how we as Christians should treat one other. As Pastor Leversee preached in last Sunday’s sermon, we ought not judge or criticize each other. We need to show restoration to those caught in sin with gentleness and humility and help carry one another’s burdens.
One of my students was led by the Lord to draw a nice picture with a simple note of encouragement to another student that was caught in sin.
The student that choose to humbly exhibit godly character is acknowledged on our “Star Student” bulletin board for a week. They are also given a gem that signifies a treasure they have learned that week.
It has been such a heartwarming experience to witness how a student each week has humbly demonstrated godly character. It has also caused me to examine myself and question my actions and attitude. Has my behavior towards my students, my coworkers, my family members, and my church family been pleasing to the Lord?
It does not take much to encourage a brother or sister in Christ with a card, a phone call, a text, or a fist bump, but it means the world to the person receiving it!
Have you been a “Sunshine in Someone’s Cloud” lately?
Written by Mrs. Nanette Eleccion, 3rd-4th Grade Teacher