Author Archives: Merissa Ramantanin

About Merissa Ramantanin

I am quietly growing as I get to know my Father, His son, through His spirit each day. Writing, teaching & speaking are a joy for me...teaching children (and adults) of an incredibly big God who loves them very much. My heart is on the mission field, wherever God has me. Currently, that is in the classroom and on the volleyball court!

Eighth Wonder of the World

The eighth natural wonder of the world has been found, it is in middle school…the brain of an adolescent. It is indeed something to wonder at. Scientific studies have been done, survey’s tallied, charts graphed all come to the same … Continue reading

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A thinking mind and a compassionate heart – one without the other is a dangerous thing.

 As educators our desire is for students to be led to use their minds in such a way as to think, truly think. Their minds are not to be simply filled with facts and formulas, but stretched to learn how … Continue reading

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Bedtime Stories of Faith

When my children were younger I could count on hearing one phrase as we neared bedtime… “Tell me a story about when you were my age.” Our children loved to hear stories (even from our dinner guests), but especially at … Continue reading

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Embers crucial to an Educator’s Fire

 To keep our Educator Fire burning I have observed three crucial embers that, when fanned, keep the fire flaming brightest. An educator who understands his mindset, has the ability to listen, and willingness to surround himself with others who … Continue reading

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Through what lens do you see the children you teach?

How do you view the children (young and old) you teach? Through what lens do you see them? Often times we carry over the way that adults viewed us as children. The two most common lenses through which children are … Continue reading

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Wear Your Cape with Confidence

I teach. What’s your super power? (Here’s the thing –  this truth, this villain, can strike us in our parenting, in any workplace, in any profession.) Teachers can certainly be called superheroes. We rush to the aid of the struggling … Continue reading

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Following a Shepherd

Odd as it may sound at first…I have found that those with the heart of a “lowly shepherd” make the best of leaders. It may surprise us that God, some thousand years prior to the birth of His son, Jesus, … Continue reading

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The Kaleidoscope Effect

Bam, nailed it –  incredible lesson. The students were so into it! I had them sitting on the edges of their seats with my riveting storytelling as an introduction. Eager learners sat before me hanging on my every word. They … Continue reading

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The Geranium on the window sill

“Stop talking.” “Take your seat.” “Did you hear my voice?” “DID YOU HEAR MY VOICE?” Insert my sarcasm to student’s off the wall comment. Insert heavy sigh and roll of eyes as I impatienently wait for the student who still … Continue reading

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Four Lessons in Leadership from King Hezekiah

Whether you are an administrator, teacher, coach, parent, or student – you have a role as leader. Effective, influential leaders aren’t on the mountain top looking down with an attitude of “I have arrived,” they are most often found on … Continue reading

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