Jenny had a tough day with one of the junior high girls in her class. In her irritation, she posted a not-so-polite message on a social networking site. Sarah, a colleague and friend, sees her post and realizes the danger if other students or parents read it. Sarah decides to go against her natural tendency to avoid confrontation and calls Jenny to talk with her, be a listening ear and, ultimately, encourage her friend to take down the post.
Ms. Anderson finds Stephanie crying in the hallway. Stephanie shares that Amy, one of the popular girls in her class, has been really mean to her. The teacher tries to comfort Stephanie by telling her how much God loves her, but Stephanie is angry at God and asks the teacher if God is so loving, why does He allow other people to hurt her? She is really asking the question, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” As the teacher, how would you respond to this student’s concern?
An angry mother comes in to complain about how her daughter is “scolding” her for living with her boyfriend. She doesn’t agree with what is being taught about sexuality and calls the curriculum “archaic and judgmental.” The teacher wants to share truth, be a witness, and leave the mother feeling hopeful that God loves her daughter and has a great plan for her life.
After a short conversation, the teacher finds out that Dominic, the son of a successful businessman, is desperate for some quality time with his dad. When the father arrives late to pick up his son, he is talking on his cell phone and seems oblivious to the fact his son is aching for his time. An opportunity opens up for the teacher to share with the father how important it is to provide for his son—not only financially, but with his time as well.
Parents are gathered together at a kindergarten round-robin. The teacher has them share their faith background with the group. One of the parents mentions she heard this school teaches there is a hell and people who disobey God will go to hell. She thinks this is a “scare tactic” and is looking for the teacher to explain.