What Can You Learn from 
an Experienced Old Teacher, 
Parent and Grandparent
About Communicating with Teenagers In the Classroom 
and at Home Using 
Basic Christian Principles?


Hello, my name is Phil Baker, and over the years my students have affectionately called me “Bakey.” Today I want to invite you to spend a few minutes with me, so I can share some of my real-life experiences teaching teenagers in the classroom. 

I worked for five years after high school before earning my B.A. Dip.Ed. at Sydney University. Over the past 30 years, I have taught thousands of kids in different schools in Australia while simultaneously raising four of my own children.  

Let me blunt: I love teaching teenagers and can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing with my life. I love it that much.

Now there were times early on in my teaching career when I questioned my abilities to really make a difference in my students’ lives. I questioned my own resolve and motives.

Why did I become a teacher in the first place? Sadly, just to pay the mortgage and support my wife and kids.

In fact, I left teaching twice to start a work-at-home business and a car detailing business. But something was missing from my life, and in 2002 I returned to teaching at a Catholic College … and that’s where my life really began to change.

Let’s Face It: Kids Can Be Challenging.

I think actor, Paul Lynde, said it best in the 1963 movie “Bye, Bye, Birdie” when he sang the song “What’s the Matter with Kids Today?”

“Who can understand anything they say?
They are so ridiculous and immature!
I don't see why anybody wants 'em!
Just you wait and see
Kids! They are just impossible to control!
(Soon you'll be old enough to be)
Kids! With their awful clothes and their rock an' roll!
(Another teenage delinquent)
Why can't they be like you were,
Perfect in every way?
What's the matter with kids today?


They can break that last straw, fry that last nerve, and make you wish you’d never become a teacher or a parent in the first place. 

Yep, the problems with kids are ageless.

But here’s the good part: the solution is pretty ageless, too!

Christian Principles At Work in the Classroom.

Something changed for me when I began to apply basic Christian principles to my approach to teaching and started praying for my kids. 

When I stopped focusing on my own feelings and concerns, my fears and self-doubts, my anger and frustration … when I began to FOCUS on them and LOVING them … teaching became an incredibly beautiful and extremely fulfilling experience.

Look, relating to teenagers is not easy. We both know it. And trying to love them as Jesus instructs isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes kids can be rather unlovable. We’ve all experienced that.

But that’s what we’re all called to do.

And when you allow God’s love to shine through you in the classroom or at home, teens will appreciate and respond to you in a more positive way, and you will be amazed by the long-lasting impact you can make on their lives. 

I’ve Seen the Changes with My Own Eyes.

When I allowed God to develop in me unconditional love for the teens I taught and raised, the kids sensed they were being accepted just as they were. I treated them like real people with real concerns, not just as students who needed to be taught and kept in line.

I saw them for who they were and appreciated and loved each and every one of them every time I walked into the classroom. 

And the changes began to take place – little miracles each and every day – as students’ lives were transformed.

Kids who didn’t normally pay attention in class began to sit up and participate. Kids whose grades were dropping suddenly took an interest in their subjects and began to turn their grades around. More and more, kids stayed after class was dismissed to chat with me because they were turned on and tuned in to what I was teaching. 

The school counselor told me my students were always referring to me as “their favorite teacher” or “the kind, understanding teacher.” And she said, “I don’t know what you are doing, but you are doing good work, and you need to write a book about it and share your approach with others so they can learn from you.”

So I did, and this is the end product: Sunshine in the Classroom Makes Them Happy. Now you can learn in detail about my own approach to teaching teens and how you can put it to work in your classroom or even at home with your own kids. 

Who Else Can Benefit from My Book?

Virtually anyone who comes into contact with teenagers on a daily basis can benefit from my Sunshine in the Classroom Makes Them Happy:

  • Christian Teachers
  • Sunday School Teachers
  • Lay Teachers 
  • Scout Leaders
  • Youth Leaders
  • Coaches
  • Vocational Instructors
  • Guidance Counselors
  • College Professors 
  • Home School Parents

In Sunshine in the Classroom Makes Them Happy, I cover all of the following topics:

Don’t Take My Word; Listen to My Students!

Now I'm not being boastful, but I’ve saved some of my students’ testimonials until the very end. This simply shows how they reacted to their experience of sunshine in the classroom:

“Bakey, I think you’re the most amazing teacher I have ever had. 
You always saw the best in me so I never mucked up on you!”

“You’re kind to us and don’t yell, 
so we respect you and work for you.”

“You always give every student a chance, and treat everyone like an adult. 
You make every lesson fun and enjoyable.”

“You are such a happy and kind teacher and always remembers my name. 
You are an awesome teacher! Thank you.”

Are You Up for the Challenge?

Kindness, compassion, seeing the best in them. These things can make all of the difference in your world and theirs, but you need to be willing to take the next step. 

Purchase your copy of Sunshine in the Classroom Makes Them Happy right now. It’s only $4.95, and I guarantee your satisfaction or your money back. Take 30 days to read and absorb the ebook, and then try my approach in your classroom, with your scouts or team, or even right at home with your own children, and if you do not begin to see positive changes in your attitude and in the ways your kids respond to those changes, then send me an email for an instant refund. Click the button below to download your copy right now.

All my best,

P.S.: I’m not going to lie to you. Sunshine in the Classroom Makes Them Happy isn’t for everybody. You need to have an open mind and a big heart, and you need to learn to love your kids unconditionally. That’s not always easy, but it pays BIG dividends when you do it. Please try it and if it doesn’t work out for you, just let me know, and I’ll refund the purchase price in its entirety. 

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