Friday, January 9, 2009

Teaching

Tuesday started another week (well, 6 days) of class for me. I only have one graduate class after this! I have learned a lot the past 4 days, more than I thought I would, if I can be honest here. What an enormous responsibility teaching is. I have known this, but the past couple days have really put that into perspective for me. Next Wednesday I will be returning to my base placement (3rd grade, in a public school). This is where the first 3 month of my internship were spent. Those kids have been heavy on my heart this week, especially the "tough" ones. I think about the things I have tried that have worked, and not worked, and how I can change myself to meet their needs. I think I have almost cried everyday. I am so blessed to be in this profession, and I don't think I will ever know to what extent. 
Kids are my passion. I love to see them light up when they finally understand. I love to hear their answers to questions that I had never thought of before. I love their questions. It is so fun for me to watch them interact and work things through. 
We read the book Molder of Dreams by Guy Doud-if you haven't read this, pick up a copy-it's an easy/quick read. He talks a lot about the people in our lives that mold who we are, and as the 1986 National Teacher of the Year, how he has been able to influence the lives of others. AMAZING! He states in the epilogue "You just never know who's life you will touch." (I think that is quoted correctly) His book also helps you to think about the every day people you come into contact with. I have not had a book make me think so much in a while.
As I ponder the things I have learned over the past few days, I am overwhelmed at the great responsibility I have to my students. I am also full of excitement as I continue my journey as a teacher. 

4 comments:

partyoffivetn said...

you are going to be such an awesome teacher, because you do love the kids so much and your heart is in it...I just wish I could figure out how to afford you to come teach my kids at home...!

Hilah said...

I hope if I ever have kids that they can be in your class! You're going to be amazing!!!!!!!

Alexandra Stephenson said...

I finished up my student teaching internship this past November. I taught a 2nd grade class, so I can completely relate to you on this! I miss those kiddos so much & can't wait to go visit the class in a few weeks.

Sam said...

I love my wife! You're the best!