This year, I am tutoring an older Foundations class for Classical Conversations. Instead of my usual “here are the rules” for orientation, I decided to have all the students read Bible verses and talk about how we should act based on the verses.
During orientation, I had each verse or passage on its own piece of paper. I passed them out to the class. As each child read their verse, we discussed how it applied to how we should act in class.
Besides using them for orientation, I plan to continue to remind the class of these verses throughout the year in at least 2 different ways.
First of all, I am going to write one of the verses on my white board each week for the first 9 weeks (I had 9 verses or verse passages) as a quick reminder of how we should act.
Secondly, I am putting a copy of the verses in the front of my planning binder for easy access if I need to reference one over a particular classroom incident. This might be a verse I need for the entire group of students or just talking one-on-one.
I thought that others might appreciate my list of verses whether for behavior in a CC class, Sunday school, or your own home.
You can download the list I will be putting in my planning binder.
Some of the thoughts and discussions we had with each verse:
Philippians 2:3-4. The students noticed that we should be looking out for others’ interests. In CC, we can do that by not distracting others and letting them pay attention, giving others a chance to learn, and helping each other.
Philippians 2:14-15. The students mentioned that we shouldn’t be grumbling or disputing. Ideas where this could be a problem were review games or activities a student didn’t particularly like. (By the way, these were the hardest verses to read from the list. I would recommend giving them to a strong reader.)
1 Thessalonians 5:12. The class noted that they are to respect those “who labor among you and are over you” like their tutor and other moms on campus.
Luke 6:31. We talked about ideas of how we can treat others how we want to be treated – listening to their presentations and allowing them time to think in a review game were two ideas mentioned.
Colossians 3:23. This verse encouraged all of us to work heartily (while in class or anytime). We talked about how this looks in class.
Proverbs 17:9. I included this verse because sometimes kids (or any of us) are quick to share a perceived wrong with other friends (at lunch or some other time after class). We talked about how quickly repeating that perceived wrong can separate friends (kids choosing sides in a dispute).
Romans 12:18. We talked about how you can’t be responsible for the other person’s actions, but only yours. As much as we can, we are to “live peaceably.”
Ephesians 4:32. This verse summed up a lot of our discussion on how to treat each other as well as what to do if we have a problem with a classmate.
1 Thessalonians 5:14. The class talked about the definitions of admonish, idle, and fainthearted. After everyone understood the terms, the students caught onto the idea of cheering each other on – whether a classmate is worn out or not wanting to work.
I hope others can use this list and find it helpful in their homes or classes as well. What verse would you add to my list?