The Sunday night feeling has settled in! Tomorrow is our first day back to school for pre-planning and my mind is already racing. The to-do list to prepare for my incoming 18 firsties. (yes, I know 18 is a blessing as so many states have huge numbers!), putting aside my summer to-do list for next summer, and focusing myself to be the best that I can be.
It is such a blessing to have the summer to spend with my own children. We traveled, we swam, we played, we had many ice-cream treats and we just relaxed! Yes, many times I was on the computer planning, attending workshops and even spent several days at school, but I learned to put all of that aside and spend quality time with my family. I am lucky!
As I ran through my Facebook News Feed a few days ago, I came across a touching article written by a teacher who is first and foremost a Christian. Heather attends my church, teaches in the same county that I teach in and writes for her blog called Petals of Joy.
What I Want the Parents of My Students to Know. Heather beautifully wrote the words that are in my heart. We all understand the trials and tribulations of teaching. We have good days and bad days as so our children.
The connection we make with these children may be their only LIGHT. I pray that God uses me this year to teach and connect as he inspires me. I want every child to feel connected to their classmates and me. Imagine what they can give when they feel invested and loved!