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Aug 14

A Look, A Word and A Touch

At the start of every school year, I recall an outstanding educator named Dottie Lytle who was recognized of as Virginia’s top Teacher. She instructed 3rd graders for more than three decades and served as a master mentor.

I asked Dottie what principles guided her instructional career. She responded by saying, “Each day, I employ the strategy of a look, a word and a touch.” She hooked my curiosity and continued her explanation, “When the children arrive, I look into their eyes because it assures them that they have my attention along with my respect and affirmation.” As she described this technique, I noticed that she was looking into her pastor’s pupils. She further explained, “When you look into someone’s eyes, you are giving them your full attention. The best way you can listen to anyone is with your eyes.”

Dottie proceeded by saying, “So many of my children live in the negative environment of a hurting home, so I want to use my words to lift them up each day. Therefore, I select some positive attribute they possess, and I magnify it with affirming words which emulates how Jesus treated His disciples.“

Lastly, she suggested her touch performed a vital role in connecting with her students. “We do not touch things we think are dirty. When I hug a child and tenderly touch them, it conveys my tangible encouragement.  Jesus touched lepers, the eyes of the blind, the filthy feet of His followers and the souls of seeking sinners. Those precious children need to experience His touch through me.”

Dottie’s observations had a profound impact upon me and I have tried to convey the essence of her message to you in this communication and through my ministry.

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