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A Kingdom of Righteousness and Justice (Day 1)

Isaiah 32

1 See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. 
2 Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. 
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. 
4 The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. 
5 No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected. 
6 For the fool speaks folly, his mind is busy with evil: He practices ungodliness and spreads error concerning the LORD; the hungry he leaves empty and from the thirsty he withholds water. 
7 The scoundrel’s methods are wicked, he makes up evil schemes to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.
8 But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

Lion Pride! (Day 2)

  • Annotate and discuss Valor Honor Code.  What characteristics of a lion allows it to be friends with a lamb?

Isaiah 11: 6-9

6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 
8 The infantwill play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. 
9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.  
Song: Regina Spektor “Machine”
  • Planting Seeds: Isaiah 32
15 till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest. 
16 Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field. 
17 The fruit of righteousnesswill be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. 
18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. 
19 Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely, 
20 how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.

Planting Seeds: Galatians 5

“Freedom in Christ”

1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 
2Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 
3Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 
4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 
5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 
6For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. 
7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?
8That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 
9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 
10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. 
11Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 
12As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! (haha)
13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 
14The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

“Life by the Spirit”

16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 
17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 
18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality,impurity and debauchery; 
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Identify these problems with easier vocabulary).
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
23 gentleness and self-control.Against such things there is no law. 
24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (double passion! -New Teacher PD)
25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Thank you, Jesus :))

Science is a Metaphor for Life


  1. Circle Time.  This is where we share openly about our families to make a family of our own at school.  Topics to discuss:
  • Justice: What is justice to you?  Identify a problem.  (These are the topics we will discuss in the coming weeks with radio).
  • Hate=action: How will you solve this problem?  What actions will you take?  Outline a plan.
  • Levels of relationships: agape, phileo, and eros.  Example: my father.  (Supplemental Q to justice: What will it take to be in the inner circle?).

Scientific Method and Common Core: Science is an Art Form

  1. Paint a picture.
  2. Outline
  3. List materials
  4. What steps will you take?
  5. Infer meaning
  6. Draw conclusions

Field Trips: Science is a Diagnostic Tool

  • Water Testing: creek pneumonia
  • Soil Testing: how will we clean it up?  kidney stones
  • Soil erosion: plants as an anchor
  • Nature Journaling: watercolors

Afterschool: Raising Aquarium Animals

  1. Bottle Biology


  1. Terraqua Column: planting seeds of…
  2. Water Testing
  3. Soil Testing

Song of the Moment: Regina Spektor “Laughing With”

Unit 1 The Scientific Method

The purpose of the first unit is to introduce students to long-term scientific investigations.  We will identify factors that influence others in a positive or negative way.  We will define a problem.  We will know lab protocol for counting and measuring, what are the appropriate tools to use, and procedures for collaborating as a lab group or partner.

Week 1: Scientific Method Overview

  • Rules for Atoms
  • Lab Safety
  • Lab Groups & Partners

Week 2: Qualitative and Quantitative Observations

  • Lab Station Rotation
  • Community and Ecosystems
  • Defining Boundaries

Week 3: Differences Between Variables, Control, and Investigations

  • Lab Tools and Measurement
  • Collecting Data

Week 4: Graphing; Relationships between Independent and Dependent Variables

  • Defining Relationships


During the time I was going to CSUN to earn my credential was a tough time.  For some reason, during the 10 years my grandma was sick I didn’t tell anyone.  I kept it a secret.  There’s a word for that: sadism.  Almost sounds like satan.  But at the time, my grandma was going through probably the most difficult challenge in her life.  She couldn’t swallow.  She had food directly delivered to her stomach through a plastic tube.  She could not move half of her body. If anything, I didn’t open up to people because I wanted to empatize with her.  She couldn’t speak.  Is that love or is it sadism?

After teaching as a long term sub last semester, I discovered a new definition of love.

I have verse 12 memorized because we were told during a college winter retreat to pick a favorite verse (Hi, Pastor Eddie!)  We had read the verse as a morning devotion.

1 Corinthians 13
12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

but in another translation (King James):

1 Corinthians 13

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2And though I have the gift ofprophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Love = Charity

I didn’t know how to engage a rowdy bunch of students who didn’t have a stable authority figure all school year.  I was desperate.  This desperation lead me to use my own funds to buy school supplies and it was addictive.  The innocent joy of students in South LA, from mere plastic bottles and a toy I bought for $30 on Amazon.  This was science.  It was also the welling up of graditude from being hungry for instruction as all middle schoolers should obtain.

Who will be the voice for these students?

I, on the other hand, have a great job at a high performing school where everyone expects me to be a stellar teacher.  Will I disappoint when I cannot satisfy their hunger?

On the second day, I will introduce the Scientific Method by impressing upon students to ask appropriate questions.  Tough love is something I have to work on.  If I let students be children, then they will press on me to to come by their side to complete their work.  When I don’t, students complain that I ignore their questions and tell the vice principal.  This is science and I love it 🙂