Monday, May 13, 2013

"What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how."

I found the above quote in a book I was reading about teaching kids to love to read... which is perhaps one of the top five most important things that I hope my students will learn in my classroom. More than that, though, I want them to learn that they are dearly loved. They will be dearly loved by me, undoubtedly, but most importantly, they are perfectly loved by Jesus. I want them to see how much Jesus loves them through me, and if that is the only thing they learn during a year in my classroom, that is okay. (I probably won't keep a job for very long if that is the only thing they learn, but that's okay too...) My duty as a teacher is to teach them the state standards, but my duty as a person is to teach them how to live and make decisions, and my duty as a disciple is to show them God's love and grace and mercy. Maybe the title of this post is a quote about reading, but I want to teach my students how to have a relationship with and love Jesus by living my life in a way that glorifies Him.

I graduated... from UT... for the second time. This time I walked, so I have some pictures to show for it! Maybe this Master's Degree will get me a job so I can love on some kiddos of my own this fall! It's scary how fast the time goes... and it's scary that I am entering "THE REAL WORLD." I'm just trusting the Lord to provide, like He always does, and looking forward to seeing what He has in store for me! I think He is a more sturdy, trustworthy foundation for me to count on than that degree! :)

Here's to some of the people who helped me survive this year!