* From 2009....
For the past few weeks, I have had the joy of having a student
teacher in my room. I love having student teachers because not only do
they learn from me, I also learn so much from them. Of course, there's
the usual new ideas of how to teach, but there's also so much more.
To begin with, I finally get to "take care" of some things I usually put
off....like putting away my files. There is an amazing amount of
paperwork that goes along with being a teacher and to finally have time
to get it all done is such a blessing. I will miss that, but I have
learned how much better each evening feels with my family when I know
that my desk at work isn't piled high with unfinished odds and ends. Now
that I realize that, my next task will be to figure out how to keep up
with the paperwork once my student teacher is gone.
I also learned what it's like to be a student again. I sit at my desk,
observing for the entire day....and get very sleepy. No wonder my
students act out at times. They are BORED!!! It was such a gift to be
able to see things from the other person's point of view for a change.
Keeping that in mind may help me be more patient and hopefully more
creative with my lessons. School is the only place in the world I know
of where you are required to sit, listen, and not get up without
permission. That's asking a lot from anyone, much less from someone who
has the energy of a small nuclear plant bottled up inside them!
In watching my student teacher, I learned there are other ways to do
what I am doing. Perhaps they are very different from my way, but they
work just the same. Sometimes it can be difficult to let go of the reins
and allow someone else to take charge. Growing means allowing others to
shine sometimes. I'll be honest, letting go is very difficult for me.
Difficult can be good for you if it allows you to grow.
Mostly, I've learned how much I miss doing what I was created to do.
When I finally got the chance to get back in front of my students, the
rush was unbelievable! I absolutely LOVE what I do. Oh, I hate the
paperwork and having to deal with discipline issues, but I LOVE
TEACHING!!!! I think that is because it is what God created me for. When
a person operates in their gifts, there is such a rush and a joy! I
know when I am simply going through the motions, but when it flows....oh
For years, I ran from the idea of becoming a teacher....it was the last
place on earth I thought I wanted to be. I was amazed when the road of
life finally led me into the classroom to discover this is where I was
meant to be all along. I wonder how many others have run from the gifts
of God because they thought those gifts would shackle them, or create a
miserable life for them? When I was in my 20's, I was certain I knew
what God had for me...now I realize I'm just barely beginning to
understand how the paths of life lead us to where He wants us to be.
Yes, I'm learning a lot from my student teacher....I'm learning to keep
up with the little daily items that threaten to overwhelm my life...the
paperwork and tiny irritants that if I allow them to stack up will steal
my peace. I'm learning to get them out of the way as soon as possible.
I'm learning to look at things from the view of the student once again.
Living life in the other person's shoes isn't always what I imagined it
might be. In that, I'm learning empathy. Mostly, I'm learning that I
want to live my life with that sense of being used by God for what I was
created for. I know that not everyone has the same gifts...what a
boring world that would be. But what if we all allowed God to use us in
our area of gifting every day? What if I allowed Him to use me to
encourage others no matter what I was doing? What if I remembered that
my job is so much more than just a job? It's the place where God has
allowed me to use my gifts for Him!
God has promised that He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly...have you lived abundantly today?