I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Time's Up...Almost

The time is drawing ever nearer - now the countdown for students stands at 2.5 days till summer break ...a little more for teachers.

Yesterday was a lot of fun - my sister came to visit my classroom and, in doing so, turned a few heads. The kiddos were still asking about her today.

Today, students full out asked me if I am teaching middle school religion next year. (Word sure travels fast at our school.) To my affirmative response, I received two very different student responses:

Student A: "Wow, you'll be perfect for that."
Student B: "Did you even teach us religion last year? I don't remember."

I think (or, at least, I hope) Student B was being silly.

The reality is starting to hit. It's strange but true that I am looking at the middle schoolers differently now. And for the fifth graders - it's going to be take 2. (I've never looped before.)

Since the students now know, I've started making my pile of books and materials to move upstairs at the end of the year. One student - bless her heart - thought I had to put everything in my car and take it home for the summer. (Thanks goodness we don't have to do that! I imagine that would be a big deterrent to buying and stocking up on books for the classroom!)

It's amazing, though, how much I have accumulated for the fourth/middle elementary level over the past 5 years - so many books, resource materials, stuffed animals, books on CD, etc. I promised my co-teacher to leave most of my materials behind (and I am), so I know they'll be well-read and put to good use next year. I am, however, taking some student novels and other things, as well as all of my religious books in order to start a small "loaning library" for the teachers at school. Plans/Hopes are small, but we'll see how it can grow.

Yes, it's not long until the end of school now. Let's end this year right!

In other Catholic School-related news - this time on the Archdiocesan level - found out about the new strategic plan, To Teach Who Christ Is. Excited to learn more about this initiative and how Catholic education will benefit!

1 comment:

  1. I never knew there was a technical term for moving up with your students. You really do learn something new every day!