An empty classroom filled with desks and inviting decorations begs for life, energy and community.

A new school year creates images of a fresh start – a beginning that becomes a beautiful middle and even better end – a chance to become ONE, a cohesive group – a community.

But building a community takes intentionality in action, planning, but especially words that are used to build up and build in to those coming together as one. Words that are spoken in love, words that encourage and words that assure that each person is an important piece of the community. My job is to teach, but what this really means is that you create a classroom community based on respect that values working together and doing their best each day they walk through the doors.  Not an easy task and one that takes prayer and God’s hand in order for the end to become even better than the beginning and the middle.

shell poem

Each person is gifted with a uniqueness that should be highlighted and developed so they feel a sense of belonging in the community. As each shell is so lovingly discovered among the sand granules and its beauty is revealed, so will our identities add to the whole because of the gifts we bring.

shell and prayerMy prayer for all my students as the year begins is to help me see each child for who they are and what they can contribute to our classroom. Each child has a beauty that when added with all the others completes our community.

One simple act, a few simple words lays the foundation for the beginnings of a community. Adding layers of encouragement and caring builds the group into a cohesive whole.

Community becomes stronger when the words we intentionally use build into others.


We are lucky to have many people, who are unique individuals, join together in one setting. Working hard to encourage and create a sense of belonging allows a community to flourish. Being intentional with our words provides not only an initial invitation, but a  chance to grow because each individual’s gifts are recognized and valued.

9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 MSG

Please join me in prayer that teachers everywhere focus on building community with their students and are intentional in choosing words that build into instead of tear down.



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