Didn’t we just start the semester…like last week? It sure feels like it. Yet here we are but just a few days from Thanksgiving…and racing through the grocery store aisles to get that last can of sweet potatoes to make that specialty dish that has been around as long as the Pilgrims.
And though Jack Frost is beginning to nip at my nose reminding me of ungraded assignments, I love this time of year. I am grateful for the amazing blessings in my life as well as a few days of respite and time with those I love hanging around…and eating some amazing cooking. But, as an educator, I have a slightly different post for today…and it revolves around my students.
At my university of employment, we have only two days of classes this week and then the campus empties in record time as students scatter to the homes of their family and friends. Simple agendas: sleep, eat, more sleeping, and more eating. Refuel for that sprint to final exam week!
And we as teachers need these next days just to regroup, re-calibrate, and hopefully be restored for that last push as we stagger across the finish line to those glorious days called “Christmas break.” Does any phrase have a sweeter aroma for a teacher at this time of year?
But before everyone scatters both far and near, I just want to give a shout-out to my students and say “thank you.” I know my students are using up brain cells rapidly and it seems like more “prayer time” is going on in classes right now than any other time of the semester – tiredness has set in.
But amid the daily grind, my students, my “peeps,” are the highlight of my day. They are crazy at times, thoughtful, humorous, insightful, but most of all…they are real. And it is that real-ness, that transparency, that honesty, that challenges me to continue to invest into them because, quite truthfully, they are investing into me.
I have no doubt that this group will change the world with the Gospel in a more impacting manner than when I was their age. And it is satisfying to know that I played a part, albeit small, in their education and hopefully gave them a few things to think about differently than they might have otherwise.
So to my kiddos in the classroom, thank you. I am challenged and changed by your lives and am blessed to be a teacher to each of you. May you one day have as much fun in the classroom and enjoyment of your students as I do. Happy Thanksgiving…now get some rest so you can complete my class projects on time!