Without fail, as a new school year approaches, I get nervous. There's lots of excitement in my heart, but there's lots of anxiety, too. This year--I think more than ever--I'm especially anxious to start the new year, as it's a totally new environment for me. So, a few things I'd like to be reminded of throughout the year...
From Day 1, help my passion for my subject and for teaching be evident. I pray that I could be enthusiastic about the learning of mathematics every day, even on the days I don't feel so chipper.
I pray that we'd all have lots of fun--that I would look forward to going to work every day and that my students would look forward to coming to class every day.
I pray that my classroom would be a place where students feel valued, cherished, and respected--by me and by each other. I want them to know that Mrs. Peterson's room is a safe place...and always will be.
I pray that my students will help foster an environment where questions are deeply valued and where no student is inferior to any other.
I pray that as I look at each student I would be reminded of the fact that I'm not looking at a mere mortal: I'm looking at someone created in the image of the Maker of all that is good. Help me to see my students through Your eyes: not just for what they are now but for all that they can and will become.
Most of all, I pray that you give me the senstivity needed to know when something's not quite right with a student or co-worker. Help me know when to say something and when to shut up.
Help me to remember it's not about me. Help me be humble enough to admit when I'm wrong. Help me desire to learn from my students. Help me be ok with not being perfect. Help me embrace my mistakes.
Remind me that being a good teacher does not mean that everyone has to like me.
Help me be the teacher You've created me to be.
Thanks for calling me to be a part of what You're doing in my city through teaching. I hope that my passion for this calling will only increase year after year.
***As always, the views expressed on this blog represent my own and not those of my employer.