Life of a Teacher: Celebrations
As you may or may not know, I am currently a second grade ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, which mean that I am certified to teach English Language Learners (ELLs). This year, my classroom is populated with children who have recently entered the United States within the past year or so.
So…this morning, my students were tasked with completing a writing sample for a test designated for ELLs. The topic was based on CELEBRATIONS. They were to write a full page paper about anything they celebrate. We brainstormed various topics and most of them came up with holidays (Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, etc.) and others came up with holidays relevant to their culture. After I exhausted all relevant questions they started writing, and after a while, they began to submit their papers in to me.
One of my students, who struggle with reading and writing in English, is a recent newcomer from Ethiopia. She was the last student to submit her paper and she did not write a full page. However, her paper was my favorite paper above all the well written and elaborate papers that were submitted.After I read this I laughed out loud! Not because anything was funny but because I was genuinely surprised! Her message was so passionate and clear. She didn’t have the words or the correct grammar to write an A+ paper but the God that she loves and celebrates gave her just enough words to write her love for Him!
Each and every morning before I go to work, I pray for strength and patience to carry on throughout my day as an educator. I pray that God will use me in some form or another to glorify His name. I pray for the wisdom and knowledge to effectively guide and lead my students. I pray that others will see Him through me and that I be a blessing to those around me, but today….my student was a blessing to me! Her words softened my heart and reminded me that Jesus loves his little children…ALL the children of the world. This was God’s way of telling me to continue to be gentle towards my students, despite the challenges and demand of the job…because those little children belong to Him, too.
By the way, after I laughed out loud from reading her paper, we continued to make eye contact and giggled and laughed and only we knew why we were jubilant. After catching my breath, I walked up to her and whispered in her ear with a smile, “I celebrate Him, too”.
Oh, the joys of teaching!