I wonder how many of us are trying to pour wine from empty pitchers. The account of the Wedding at Cana strikes me whenever I read it in the gospel of John (chapter two) because even when he is performing his very first miracle, Our Lord doesn’t start with nothing, he starts with what the people have.
How are you planning to grow as a teacher in 2015?
I know the challenge of carving out time to nourish your heart and mind. I’ve lived an acute sense of “I’m too busy teaching to take time to get better at teaching!” for all of my homeschooling years. As a mother of six children, I am no stranger to “busy.”
But if my single purpose in growing as a teacher is to become a better teacher, well, then I’ve missed the point of teaching entirely.
The point of growing as a teacher isn’t to teach well, after all. The point of growing as a teacher is to become fully human.
“You are what you behold, and they’re beholding you,” Andrew Kern reminds us.
I’m looking straight ahead at a few months of summer, and I know there’s an opportunity for me here. The temptation, of course, is to fall flat on my back in exhaustion, grateful that another school year has ended, glad for the reprieve before a new one begins.
I'm pretty new to G.K. Chesterton. I spent most of my life never having heard of him, but as I've become more intentional about recovering Classical Christian education within my home, I've realized that I simply can't move forward without reading him.
It's bound to happen. It happens other times of year, of course, but I know it will happen during the long dark month of February: I will forget who my children are.
I will get all wrapped up in the doing, the checking off, the "getting through the lesson" or "finishing the book," that I'll forget the most important part of the whole project. I'll forget that whenever I look into my children's eyes, I am gazing on the face of Christ.