Thursday, April 24, 2014

Closing Reflections (15 16 17)

Through this course my identity as teacher continues to be solidified. I feel a shift in my thinking from student to teacher. The classes that have done that the most are Dr. Martin's classes. She teaches us how to make our student's better readers, writers and thinkers and in turn we are developed ourselves. Every semester I feel more confident in being able to run, teach and love on my own classroom. 

In that process my emotions and sometimes resolve wane with the discouragement of feeling like I will never make it to where I need/want to be. While learning about your self and new knowledge there is usually a state of dissonance between  the initial exposure and understanding. Is is easy to get frustrated at yourself; but what has encouraged me in my pursuit is that I am a child of God. All this work is to show God's love to his children who know him and to his children that do not know Him yet. 

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of he heavens and over every living thing hat moves on the earth."
Genesis 1:26-28

When Dr. Martin first said this scripture in class I imagined me holding up a mirror to a child and asking them, "What do you see?" I want to bring out who they are and see that they bear the image of God. Doing that will look different with every class and school; but the goal will always be there. I don't just want to lecture and tell them what to believe but to help them arrive to their own answers. 

I want to bring Heaven to Earth. I believe that is part of our mandate of subduing the Earth. What a commission!  What a mandate! Intimidating to be sure but I know God is leading me on this journey and looking forward to what is to come! 

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