Dr. Dennis Demuth Superintendent
In just 15 days our students and teachers will be released from school to enjoy the summer. Out of both groups, the teachers are the most appreciative of school being out. It is that same appreciative feeling that parents have in August when children are sent back to school. But in order to reach the big payoff – summer vacation, teachers have to deal with increased demands the last few weeks of school, especially now that achievement testing has concluded and students think that school is over.
The List of To-Dos
The demands during the last few weeks of school include grading of final projects, and dealing with parents who do not understand why their child is failing – despite repeated phone calls, notes sent home, e-mails, PowerSchool access and several conferences. Oh yes, don’t forget the end-of-school check lists, packing of textbooks, cleaning rooms, accreditation meetings, and much, much more. There seems to be a deadline for everything – from failure notices to final grades. At the same time, you must continue to complete your curriculum. And, don’t forget that your personal life continues to move forward.
Where is the administrative support that was so readily available at the start of the year? Surely, administrators don’t have as many things to do as teachers that would cause teacher concerns sometimes to take a back seat or do they also feel the end-of-year crunch?
It takes more than a five hour energy drink or the doubling of your daily dose of Airborn probiotics to help reduce the chances of missing one single day due to fatigue or illness. It is time to finish strong just as Jesus did. John 17:4 says, “I have glorified thee on the earth; I
have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
Holy Ghost Power
So, how can you, as educators handle all the end-of-year demands? Unfortunately, there is not one answer. However, you can find a lot of relief by practicing a positive attitude towards all of the demands you are facing and releasing your faith for a charge of Holy Ghost power.
Paul says in Gal. 3:3, “Having started in the Spirit, are you now made perfect in the flesh.” The New International version says, “After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” As the year begins to close, teachers and administrators can fall into the trap of abandoning prayer and faith and find themselves depending upon their own ability, mind reasoning and strength to complete the tasks. When this happens, what should be an easy job, ends up causing more work.
Suggestions to Finish Strong
Consider the following suggestions on how to finish strong.
1. Believe God that the same anointing that was present at the start of the year is here for the end of the school year.
2. Believe that you are here on divine appointment; don’t doubt your calling.
3. Believe God’s provision of wisdom and strength is available to help you accomplish all that is required.
4. Believe that as you ask for the assistance of the Holy Spirit, He is there to quicken your understanding and to make you efficient and effective.
5. Believe that everything you put your hand to do will be successful.