When you don’t know what to do . . .

There were many days when I was just stumped about how to teach a difficult concept to students. Most of my 26 teaching years I taught English to high school juniors and seniors.
 
No one taught me about poetic language: metaphors, similes, personification and other forms.
 
No one taught me about the art of argumentation: inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, rhetorical questions and other methods.
 
No one taught me how to write . . . other than my journalism teacher in high school, who explained the who-what-when-where form. And that’s about it.
 
So, often I was pretty much stumped. How do you explain impressionistic writing? Or poetry? Or how to put together a reflective essay?
 
During those pensive struggles there WAS prayer in school. I prayed, asking God for his wisdom, his insights, his leads on where to find resources. Often those thoughts simply came from him. He helped me not only understand a text or method; he helped me teach those difficult concepts to students.
 
On a daily basis I asked God to show me a better way to teach, so that those young people could grow their intellect and have more skills walking out of my classroom than when they walked in.
 
Looking Up! . . . is the best form of problem solving, because we go right to the Problem Solver.
 
Janet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event. 
 
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