This week I was discussing the importance of honing in on the details with my Pre-Algebra class, specifically in showing their work for any given problem. I explained that while estimation does play a role in our everyday lives, precision and accuracy in finding a specific amount or outcome is extremely important. Failure to indicate whether or not a number is positive or negative when combining numbers will most definitely affect the outcome. In my 7th grade Literature class, I also spoke with my two novel unit groups about details in the context of the story. We talked about how these details affected the choices the characters made and again the outcomes of given situations.
When we create classroom and school wide rules, we talk to the students about how each affects the class or school population in positive and negative ways, understandably doing the right thing in a good way and choosing the contrary, a negative effect. In Religion class and more specifically in all aspects of our academic teaching and instruction throughout the day, we reinforce the concepts of right and wrong in a biblical context. The common phrase "What would Jesus do?" (WWJD) is a common reference when speaking with students. We are called by God to love Him and to love our neighbor. We know that this immediately references how we speak and treat one another, but in more depth, also calls us to again, "hone in on the details" when using our gifts and talents for the greater good and to discern and practice what God is calling each of us to do.
As we prepare for and celebrate the Easter Triduum in the week ahead, may we all take time to pray and reflect on this mystery of faith with our church communities.
Have a blessed and Happy Easter!
Yours In Christ,
Rita M. Klenk
"Be on your guard, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love."
- 1 Corinthians 16:13-14