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is a practical, user-friendly teacher curriculum for developing a purposeful classroom atmosphere that fosters students growing into their full potential. The provided lessons have been adapted over the years and proven effective to cultivate honor and respect through declarations about self worth, as well as small and whole group activities that challenge personal beliefs about potential and personal capacity. The easily adaptable lessons instill value into students of all ages and fit the public, private or homeschool setting. Printables and suggestions for modifications are provided.
"Speaking Words of Life in the Your Classroom is so timely. Having been a public educator for over 28 years I have seen so much change in the classroom. When I first began teaching, students had much more confidence and support from their parents, extended families and communities. Presently, that support has seemed to vanish into thin air. Our students are crying out for help in their identities and in their coping skills. They need to hear who they are and what they are truly capable of in this world. Speaking Words of Life in Your Classroom is a tool to meet this need. I am grateful for the work Jesica has done in putting this booklet together and for sharing her experiences with teachers looking to begin speaking words of life in their classrooms. I hope to begin using this material this year in my own classroom
and would recommend it to others."
--Gayla Boast, 5th Grade Teacher, View Ridge Elementary (Everett, WA.).
"In the rush to start the curriculum, many teachers succumb to the pressure and immediately dig into the academic tasks. Jesica has learned the secret of truly helping kids learn. She invests the beginning of the year using these activities to let students know she is investing her time, energy and love into them as people first. This is the only bridge that will help them see themselves as scholars."
--Char Seawell, Retired Teacher of Everett Public Schools (Everett, WA).
"Student apathy toward school work usually stems from a lack of selfworth. In "speaking Words of Life in Your Classroom," Jesica brilliantly targets the issue of apathy by calling out the greatness within each student. They begin to believe in themselves and their accompllishments reflect this. We all have to know who we are, before we can achieve success and Jesica helps kids see who they are!
--Kelly Ferrante, Elementary ESOL Teacher, Wichita Public Schools (Wichita, Kansas).
"I recommend reading this guide before starting your teaching journey or as a refresher to breath life into your next teaching year. I have found ways to apply what I've read to my kids in Sunday school, with my own children through homeschooling, and with those I encounter in my day-to-day life. I have been encouraged and challenged by these simple, yet powerful, exercises to see people for their true potential and not just where they're at now."
--Stephanie Orebaugh, New Life Convenant Church Children's Director (Wichita, KS) & Homeschool Mom.