I feel like I have a bit of whiplash from it, but the first quarter has come and gone! Whew!
Earlier this week, I was driving to work and Spotify shuffled to a song that I did not recall adding to my God's Morning playlist entitled "Dream Small" by Josh Wilson. I'm still unsure how that particular song ended up on my playlist but it was just what my heart needed after completing this first quarter.
The general premise of the song is a celebration of allowing God to use you where you are rather than chasing down huge, lofty dreams. He reminds the listener that God takes down giants with small rocks and we can change the world right where we are. What a reassuring message as the year begins to get crazy.
First quarter was really such a steep learning curve! As much as I've learned over the last year and half at Park University, as well as working at Camp Re-New-All and other opportunities to work with kiddos, there was so much to learn. My most important takeaway is the importance of the feedback you are constantly providing students.
Body language, tone, actual words... it all matters. Students are constantly collecting feedback about how you feel in regards to them. I wish I could say that this is something I am beginning to succeed at but truthfully, I have such a long way to go! All anyone wants is to feel cared about, especially the young ones in our care. As the year goes on, I hope to continually improve the nonverbal feedback I provide students.
Here's to second quarter and all the learning that will happen for my scholars and myself!
First year Catholic educator in the Classical curriculum style. I teach middle school English-Language Arts.