Why this title?

Tripp suggests... It is a waste of time for (parents) teachers to think about strategies for (parenting) teaching without first examining ourselves.

How does cynicism (towards teens/students/education) infect us as teachers?

Commitment to our students:


We Believe the Best (about them)

Life is not lived in the "grand" moments of existence...most of the important things we do will take place in the midst of the utterly mundane.

As teachers, what causes us to miss or forget about the sacredness of the utterly mundane?


(specific example)

Wisdom & Eloquence posits that the end of our classical education is to cultivate __________ __________ of the Holy Scriptures and everything else.

Is it possible for our lesson plan to get in the way of cultivating lifelong learners?

Is is possible for our amazing erudition to get in the way of cultivating lifelong learners?

Teach Less For ____

Teach Less For MORE

We are idolaters who want to help our students smash their idols.

If our hearts are controlled by something other than God, great opportunities of these years will not be viewed as opportunities, but as a constant stream of hassles brought on by selfish, immature people who upset our otherwise comfortable life. Failure to deal with our idolatry will mean we will turn God-given moments of ministry into moments of anger.

Earning the right to be heard, to teach.




 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Proverbs 20:5

How do we respond:


  • quick, surface solution that ignores issues of the heart


  • address the problem in manner that develops a heart of Christ-like love
  • Repeatedly out of uniform.  "Why does it matter if my shirttail is tucked in?"
  • Consistent failure to do homework.
  • "mild" rudeness...sarcastic remark, expression or noise meant to embarrass another student

Giving wisdom is not "hitting your student over the head with words."  What is it?

Our task is to help our students recognize the spiritual struggles beneath the seemingly mundane problems of ordinary life...moments in which their hearts are progressively being given over to service of Christ or subtly being enslaved to the world.

Ultimately, this book exposes:


  • just how challenging is the job of shepherding a developing soul (coupled with instruction in how to)

Ultimately, this book exposes:


  • the difficulties of shepherding well
  • the massive benefits we have of being a small school - R_____________

Ultimately, this book exposes:


  • the difficulties of shepherding well
  • the massive benefits we have of being a small school - RELATIONSHIPS!
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Age of Opportunity

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