Monday, September 3, 2012

A Teachers Mind

I am not a teacher nor do I have the gift of teaching but for many reasons ( I will share more detail in that later),  I am feeling God pull me to home-school Ryan for this coming school year . It is not a surprise to me, I have been fighting and ignoring  this feeling for sometime now. I have finally surrendered, knowing  this is what God wants me to do.

Over the years my boys have had many different teachers. I can tell you from experience that there are those who just do the  job, and then there are those who have a passion, a gift for teaching. 
My friend Laura has the gift of teaching. I just wanted to share a  little in-sight into the mind of a teacher through a phone conversation I had with her recently. We were talking about my decision to home school Ryan. I was saying how unprepared I felt and she was giving me encouragement.  We talked about how Ryan and I just recently went to Northwest Trek that Ryan loved to watch the bald eagles. She said homeschooling Ryan is as easy as taking that interest and turning it into a learning experience. I said, your right I can have him  look it up on the internet!  So much for my great teaching ideas.  So here is where the great teaching mind comes in;  She said Yes, that is a start but go even further. I then heard excitement in her voice as she began to speak. She said you can easily do a unit study on the Eagle bringing in  science, geology, history, art, and even English into the lesson. By this time she  was really excited, I could just imagine her face lighting up as she continued to give specific details on how to do it all. I listened and then started to chuckle. Yes, she has the gift of teaching and it was fun to hear all the ideas she had that I would have never thought of. It is funny how she took that one small thing and turn it into so much more, that's the mind of a gifted teacher!

While I am not a teacher, nor to I feel equipped to do this job I do know that for now I will become what Ryan needs. As the saying goes, "God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the called".  I am holding onto that truth and thankful that there are a few of those passionate, gifted teachers in my life that I can hopefully call upon when I need help!

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