All About Mrs. Turner
Things I like (in no particular order):
- Dark Chocolate
- My family
- Singer-songwritery music
- Bible Journaling
- Romans 8, likely my favorite Bible chapter
- New Zealand
- Date nights
- Road trips
- Teaching English to Chinese kiddos
- Mexican food
- Clean laundry
- Foreign Films
Things I don't like:
- Getting up early (but I do it anyway)
- Going to bed early
- Standing at concerts
- Uncomfortable shoes
- Pet reptiles
- Powdered coffee creamer (does anyone really like this?)
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It all started with a lesson about Sudan. My Geography class and I talked about the day-to-day life of refugees across the continent of Africa. We also discussed living conditions in some of the poorer African countries. And my students wanted to know...
How can we help?
So we talked about different organizations that work hard to make a positive difference in developing countries. My students were impressed specifically by the work done by World Vision. Before Christmas, I had conversations with each of my classes, encouraging them to donate a little of their own money to purchase something from World Vision's online Gift Catalog. My classes were excited about our goal of purchasing a goat and two chickens for a family. Well, little by little, the money was collected, and in the end, my classes were able to purchase two goats, four chickens, $250 worth of medications, four soccer balls, and give a cash donation to World Vision!
Thank you so much to all of you who contributed to this donation effort! I am so grateful for you all!
Welcome to Mrs. Turner's History and Geography page! I love to show off my talented students and their projects!
Mrs. Turner's Great Big World
One of my favorite things about teaching History is being able to connect the story of mankind to the Bible. Last week, in American History II, I taught my students about the Christmas Truce of World War I. On Christmas Day in 1914, for one day only, and lasting for only a few hours in certain places, enemy armies came face to face with one another. They shared their gifts of tobacco and chocolate. They played soccer. They shook hands and interacted. They allowed each other to bury their dead in peace. They looked past language barriers and enemy lines, and they saw the humanity in one another.
Rewind almost 2000 years. Remember the Christmas story? Do you recall the story of the angels appearing to shepherds in the field at night? What did they sing?
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men.
Peace. Jesus was bringing peace.
And you know what? In 1914, on that cold day, when thousands of soldiers were miles from home, missing their families and holiday celebrations, he brought peace. Right there in the middle of a war, they came together over the celebration of the birth of Christ. Our Prince of Peace is still bringing peace to us in the middle of our chaotic world. If he can bring peace in the middle of a war, he can bring it to us today.
Julie Turner has a B.S. in Missions and Bible from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. She spent almost a decade teaching in Christian schools in Tennessee before returning to her home state of Texas. She has fifteen years of teaching experience, and she loves seeing History and Geography come to life in her classroom. She is a wife to Jake and mom to Jude (2013) and Ella (2016). She loves traveling, drinking coffee, writing, and making music.