Whirlwind is a great descriptive term for the urgent day-to-day activities necessary for our school to run each day.
- Create unit plans and lesson plans
- Gather supplies and make copies
- Record attendance
- Make-up work for absent students
- Dress code checks
- Classroom management
- Grade papers
- Analyze assessment data from homework, quizzes, and tests
- Updating grades
- Manage emails
- Schedule tests on test board
- Parking lot or cafeteria duty
- Enforce the handbook
- Daily chapel (that ends at different times each day)
- Club & team meetings
- Regular weekly meetings
- Life outside of school
Then on weeks like this week, we add a little more to the whirlwind.
- Faculty meeting this morning
- Veterans Day Assembly & Reception today (lots of guests on campus)
- Adjusted bell schedule today
- Last days to turn in food for Feed the Multitude (Deadline is Tuesday)
- Mustang Madness on Monday
- Spirit Day this past Tuesday
- MS field trip for author visit at PA yesterday
- Development Council Fall Event last night
- Playoff football game tonight
The whirlwind is great— as long as we don’t lose sight of our mission. It’s easy to concentrate and spend our time managing the whirlwind activities, and in turn, get distracted from doing what we deem truly important.
The whirlwind is something I’ve grown to love at CAC because those extra things give us even more opportunities to be with students to model the life Christ modeled for us. Even during stressful whirlwind times, we are able to develop relationships with students, encouraging them, challenging them, and inspiring excellence, independence, and a transforming faith in God— and that is our mission each and every day (which makes managing the whirlwind worth it).
Being in a whirlwind is tough, and it’s important to anchor down in scripture during those times. I’ve listed a few verses below that may help you navigate this time of life. If you have some other go-to verses, I’d love for you to share them with me.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
-1 Kings 19:11-12
Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”