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In two short weeks, I will meet twenty-five third graders as they walk through the door of Room 111. Shining faces, new clothes, new haircuts and new school supplies accompany them into the new school year.
A fresh start…
describes some of the feelings that cross the threshold on that first day!
My job begins even before the students walk through door on the first day of school. Preparing the classroom, creating a welcoming environment, creating lessons and praying for those kids begins almost as soon as the previous school year comes to an end.
Questions enter my thoughts almost on a daily basis about the new group of kids I will have the honor to teach. The looming question is “How can I fill my students with all they need this year?”
How can I add to their lives to help them know they are loved, cared for, safe and part of community in my classroom? Yes I am there to teach a curriculum, but really it is about filling them with the knowledge that they are important and beautiful and can be so successful! Teaching is opening up the world to kids and showing them they are an integral part of it. Teaching is the window that reflects students’ importance back to them a hundredfold.
My task is to FILL each child with a strong desire to learn and to walk out of the classroom knowing that they are ready for the next step.
I am so blessed to be called teacher! I lean into God’s strength to be the best I can be each day I walk into my classroom. Pleas join me in praying for all children this school year as they journey through a year of hope and fulfillment.
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My third grade teacher has left an everlasting impact on me.. I do not know what it is- either I was in the age where people could make a mark in my memory or she was just that kind of a person, either because I loved her as a teacher or because I knew I was her favorite student! Whatever it was… I still remember her classes more than anybody else’s.
I believe teachers are special gifts from God, just as parents and they have the potential to polish their students. The post here tells me that you have done a great job so far and will continue to do so. Best wishes!
Visiting from FMF,
Tanya, I am blessed by your words. I am so honored to be a teacher and to have the chance to work with the students. It is rewarding and very challenging. I love that you remember your third grade teacher. I have several teachers that stand out for me and I know it’s not really because of the academic side but the ability to care and make each student feel special. Blessed you stopped by and joined in here today!
I know God will use you in a mighty way this year!
I’m hoping for that very thing but also that all I do honors Him. Love having you here!
2 weeks? That’s it? Already?
Seems like summertime just began for you, friend!
Enjoy these final days. Treat yourself to something special, ok?
May the loveliest weekend blessings be yours …
Your words always bring a smile to my face. Love seeing you here and weekend blessings to you too!
Your students are so blessed to have you, Mary! I can only hope that the teachers in my own daughter’s life will have such a commitment to her good and well-being.
Thank you Courtney! Knowing that God has me right where He wants me helps me to honor Him with my words and actions. I will be praying for all that teachers touch their students and students accept the love that teachers have to offer. May your daughter have impactful teachers in her life.
I love that you have such a heart desire to fill the children you are entrusted with. There are children that do not get that ‘filling’ anywhere else.
Thanks Amy! Please pray with me that I honor God in my actions and truly leave those kids knowing how loved they are! Blessings to you this weekend!
You are a beautiful example of Christ, and I have no doubt you will fill those kids with all they need to be successful. Have a beautiful weekend my friend.
Thanks, Barbie! Praying that my words and actions match my love of Jesus and that it is shown each day I walk in the classroom. Happy weekend to you!
i love your exuberance for these children. your expectation and dedication in prayer for all these little souls in your care. what a great teacher you are.
Thank you but my prayer is always that all I do honors God and when it comes to students that they truly know they are loved. Blessed you stopped by. Happy Weekend!
You are such a blessing to your students, Mary! May God bless you as you pour into your students this year. XOXO
Thank you and praying that I honor God through my teaching and am able to “fill” my students with all they need!Happy Weekend!