Enhance Your Class With Games!

There are many great ways to make learning fun for your students. Resources like Quizlet, Quiz-Maker, and Kahoot are easy to learn, easy to set up and fun to use in your class to help enhance your lessons and a fun way to check for understanding. With these resources you can create flashcards, review games, or jeopardy type boards where you can have your students compete in groups or as individuals.

There are many more resources available that allow you to create fun interactive ways of teaching your students key concepts and develop critical thinking skills! Give one or all of  them a try today!

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Chicken Salad

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Ingredients:

Chicken

Celery Diced

Craisins

Garlic Salt & Cracked Pepper

Mayonaise & Dijon Mustard

Instructions:

Take the meat from a roasted chicken, you can either roast it yourself, or purchase one that has already been roasted from your local grocery store. Dice the meat into 1/4″ chunks. Add two stalks of celery diced and 1/2 cup of Craisins (You can add more if you like) Add 1/2 cup of mayonaise and 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Mix thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste. If you like your chicken salad a little creamier, you can add more mayonaise. Before serving, I like to add cashews or almonds. You can serve this over lettuce as a salad, on toast, or with crackers.

He’s Alive

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Matthew 28:5-6

And the angel answered and said to the women, Fear not: I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins and when He rose again, He made a way for us to have eternal life with God our Father. The law was given to show us that there is not way for us to live by the law, no matter how hard we try, we will ultimately fail. The only way to be saved is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. It has never been, nor ever will be about religion or belonging to the “right church or denomination”. We are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son… Jesus came to earth in the form of a man so that He could make a way for us to be saved from our sins, past, present, and future. He has been through everything that we will ever experience, He knows what it is to be betrayed, He knows what it is to feel abandoned, He knows and understands our deepest hurts and despair, and He went through it all to make a way for us to live eternally with God our Father.

There will be things that you go through that you don’t understand; there will be times where it seems so dark that there is no hope; but be assured, Jesus is there, God is faithful, He will always make a way of escape, He will always be there with you. Where will I go from your Spirit? If I ascend into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold you are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there will your hand lead me, and your right hand will hold me. If I say, surely the darkness will cover me; even the night will be light about me – Psalm 139

Remember we serve a risen Savior, and He rose, so that we might live eternally with Him!

Zoom: Video Conferencing Tool

 

Zoom is a great tool for hosting and conducting video conferences! You can sign up for a free account that allows you to host and join meetings. The free account limits your conferences to 40 minutes (when you have more than two individuals in the conference). Each person can share their audio, video, and computer screens with the group. If you need to meet for longer periods you can pay for the Pro account which gives you more flexibility. Having the 40 minute limit is great for keeping your group on task, but it is good to know that you can extend the time if you want. If you decide you need extended time from time to time, switching to the Pro version is easy and is on a month to month basis.

This is a great way to interact, share information, and work collaboratively! Even with the free version you have the ability to take your group and conduct break out rooms! Zoom offers a series of free webinars that help you get started and their staff is super friendly and helpful! Be blessed and give it a try today!

https://zoom.us

 

Light of the World

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John 8:12

Then Jesus spoke again to them saying, I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. You have probably heard the saying, it is always darkest before the morning. Jesus promises us that as we follow after Him, we will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. His love is amazing and unending… in our darkest trials, in our deepest despair, He is there to comfort us and guide us through.

The light reveals the beauty that surrounds us and shows us the way. When you enter a room at night, all you have to do to dispel the darkness it to flick the light switch and the room is filled with light. If you put your trust in Jesus, He will give you life everlasting and fill you with His peace. We may not understand the reasons why we go through the things we do, but we can rest knowing that He is holding us up in His hands. Be blessed today and take time to reflect on the beauty that surrounds you.

Lamb Chops

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Ingredients:

Rack of lamb (I serve four chops per person)

Salt & Pepper

1 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs

Onions (diced, about 1/2 cup)

1 Clove Garlic minced

Dijon Mustard

2 teaspoons Olive Oil

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Coat the lamb chops with olive oil, then salt and pepper generously. Sear the lamb chops in an ovenproof skillet, about three minutes per side. Once you have a good sear on both sides, remove and set aside. Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in the skillet and sauté the onions. Add the minced garlic and Panko bread crumbs. Toast until bread crumbs are browned. Remove the mixture and set aside to cool.

Coat the lamb chops with the Dijon mustard and cover with the toasted bread crumbs/onion/garlic mixture. Put the chops back into the ovenproof skillet and roast in the oven for about 10 minutes for medium rare. Transfer to a platter and let rest for five minutes.  You can cut the chops in twos or individually depending on how you want to serve them. Be blessed and enjoy!

 

Make It Rhyme

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Lin-Manuel Miranda performing at the White House – May 12, 2009

I observed a teacher the other day giving a lesson on the Federal Reserve and how their policies and procedures affect our economy. There were lots of facts and figures, supply and demand charts, cause and effect analysis… but then, the teacher stopped and shared a video of Lin-Manuel Miranda performing at the White House of Alexander Hamilton.

He pointed out how this poem in a couple of minutes conveyed so much information about the life of Alexander Hamilton…

Next, he had the students create their own poem to convey information about the Federal Reserve. He passed out a worksheet that had the instructions at the top and left room for them to create their poem. The poem had to have a minimum of ten stanzas and had to rhyme. Not only were the students engaged, this was a GREAT way to incorporate critical thinking skills and made learning this material fun and engaging! Give it a try in your class today, it can be incorporated into EVERY subject! Be blessed and have a great week!

Facing the Giants

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1 Samuel 17

Many people know the story of David and Goliath; the general theme of the story has been used in countless illustrations and movies. Coaches have used the story to encourage their teams, and we have probably all heard stories of people who have overcome tremendous obstacles to achieve success.

As you reflect on this portion of scripture, remember that God has a plan for you! He is calling you to make a stand for Him. When you have the Lord, you have nothing to fear. David was just a teenager when he faced Goliath. Goliath was a giant among men, a seasoned warrior who struck fear in those that faced him. But David had boldness because he had seen the Lord work in his life on many occasions previously. He KNEW that God would be with him and would give him the victory… that is why he was able to look at Goliath and say “You come to me with a sword, spear, and shield; but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel… and this day will the Lord deliver you into my hand…”  David wore no armor, he had no shield or sword… he had a sling and some stones… but most importantly, he had the God of all creation with him.

If you are facing giants today, remember that the Lord is with you. If you cling to Him, He will never leave you, nor forsake you. His ways are not our ways, but His plan is ALWAYS perfect and will provide all that you have need of. Be blessed, be at peace, and have a great week!

Tempura Green Beans

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NGREDIENTS

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, plus more for sprinkling

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled club soda

1/2 pound green beans

In a large, deep skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil until shimmering. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch, baking powder, salt and the 1 teaspoon of Old Bay. Gently whisk in the club soda until the batter just comes together.

Working in batches, dip the green beans in the batter, let the excess drip off and add them to the hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pan or they will stick to each other. Fry until light golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel–lined baking sheet to drain. Season and serve! Goes GREAT with Ranch or Honey-Mustard dressing!

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