Some days I think I made a really bad choice agreeing to take on this class; most days, however, I realize how fortunate I am, because in a single year I’ve learned a lot – about myself and about life in general – thanks to these kids. … More A Little Class Appreciation Post
I don’t think I was cut out to be a church youth worker, and at this point there are probably several people who would agree with me. … More Phoebe’s Quick and Easy Guide to Making Enemies
For my illustration in class, I held two imaginary swords and called on the baseball player in the group to take his best shot at the first sword, which I held at arm’s length. (This actually worked out well, because I could say he hit every time and no one would know if I was wrong.) Then I tossed my second sword back to my assistant teacher and threw a few imaginary baseballs at it.
I have seriously expanded my comfort zone since taking on this class. … More How a Fantasy Book Helped Me Teach Sunday School
The suggestion to create a class name – a club name – was enough to get most of their eyes back on me. I opened the floor for ideas. The most popular choice, repeated over and over, was “The Storm Troopers”, because nearly everyone in the room except me is a Star Wars fan. Other ideas tended to run along the lines of “Church Kids Who Love Jesus” and “Miss Phoebe is the Greatest.” Then one of the boys, looking all innocent, said, “I have a great one! We could call us ‘Timothy’.”
“No,” I replied, “we are not naming our team after you.” … More If You Want to Be Taken Seriously, Get a Cool Name