Although I’m not teaching anymore, I still think about it periodically. I mean, you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but you can’t take the teacher out of the soul. And, it doesn’t help that I’ve been subbing on and off this month.
I’ve mentioned before that my favorite time during the school year has been the first term. For the most part, students are just as excited and enthusiastic as the teachers. Teachers are happy, have creative new lesson plans prepared, and students willingly participate and do homework. But, around this time–late October and early November, the first term ends…and, metaphorically, so does the “honeymoon stage” of the new school year.
And patience becomes hard. Like, sometimes impossibly hard. But it is needed. And, it’s always something that I’ve felt I was weak at.
I do thoroughly and whole-heartedly believe that teaching (no matter what kind of setting) was my God-given calling. But, not only does God use your talents for His good, he also uses those situations to teach you as well. And, boy did I learn a lot about His grace and patience while teaching.
This is the biggest lesson I learned during my 3 years of teaching:
Just as I told my students that each day was a new day, a day to be better behaved, a day to earn a better grade, a day to be more humble, a day to be more responsible, a day to be happier, it was a new day each day for me as well. If I had lost my patience (and sometimes, my cool) with my students, the next day was a new day, a new beginning, and always started with a smile on my face, and love for my students emanating from me. I spent numerous evenings and mornings on my knees asking Heavenly Father for more patience and forgiveness for my impatient behavior.
Being patient with students not only helps my attitude, but it also helps their attitude. The classroom becomes a safe environment, and one of willingness to work together. It harbors a better learning mentality and allows us all to make good memories.
I guess I still haven’t learned as much about patience as He would have liked me to, because He loves to use Rhys to help teach me patience still. It has always been one of my weaknesses, and I will always try to live up to His expectations on patience.