I just finished reading Fight Back with Joy by Margaret Feinberg. My husband brought this book home from the Catalyst conference back in October and I have read it slowly because it was a tough read.
Margaret is a Christian author who wrote this book about her battle with cancer. It is about her struggles through the fight but how she continually tried to find joy along the way.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
- God is an unconventional teacher.
- Practicing defiant joy is the declaration that the darkness does not and will not win. When we fight back with joy, we embrace a reality that is more real than what we’re enduring and we awaken to the deepest reality of our identity as beloved, joyful children of God.
- Jesus arrives in joy, departs in joy, and calls us to great joy through fellowship with him.
If you have ever walked through a tough time, or maybe your in one right now, this book will give you a new perspective. Today I will find joy, despite what my situation.
A few months ago I posted about this book.
Steve Reifman wrote The First Ten Minutes about how to start the school day in a way which will help all students. I enjoyed this book greatly but had a difficult time trying to start these routines back in January. I do plan to start this next school year using Reifman’s routines…to an extent.
My Morning Meetings will have three parts:
- Morning Mood
- Motivational Moments
- Magic Movement
Morning Moods will be where students tell the class a number (1-10) which will indicate how their day is going so far. Students will not elaborate, but students or myself may check in with the student throughout our class time together.
Motivational Moments will be different each day. They will include things like manners, character education, review of the school-wide behavior plan, quotes, and sharing.
Magic Movements are the movements described in Reifman’s book. They are intended to wake the mind up while calming the student down.
I have created a power point presentation to teach students about how this will work each day. You can get the Morning Meetings Freebie here.