As a first year teacher in 4th grade there are many expectations, ideas, goals, and emotions that you have while preparing for your first class. This past August, as I arranged my room, hung posters, created lessons etc. for my students I didn’t realize the many things there are that you cannot prepare for before your first students arrive in September.
For me, one of these things has been how to help my students develop themselves into people of good character and high moral values as followers of Christ and having conversations regularly about what this looks like in our day-to-day lives. By developing a comfortable and safe classroom space where my 4th grader students feel heard, cared for, and loved, I have been able to foster solid relationships with students and watch as they continue to better love and care for one another within the classroom, the school, at home, and in their communities.
Guiding my very first class of students to love and respect themselves, each other, and the world in a Christ-like manner was something that I couldn’t have planned for with worksheets or stories, and it definitely couldn’t have been arranged before I got to know each and every one of them. But seeing my students as they continue to grow into young men and women founded in Christ through their positive actions and speech has been more enriching, rewarding, and enjoyable than any standards based content I have been able to teach them along the way.
Written by Miss Pasceri NSCS Lynn Campus