|had to make this one a little blurry so you couldn't see the student really, but this was what friday consisted of.|
Last Friday I took my students to the NC Aquarium. I don't talk about my work too much on here, but to fill y'all in this is my last week at my current school and even my current county. I will be starting a new job and a new adventure next Monday! So last Friday was like our last Hoorah - our last intense bonding session. And let me tell you I love my kids. More than I ever thought I would when I began teaching. So back to the field trip. The Aquarium. So beautiful. Then we stopped by the beach and let the kids run and play in the sand on the way back to school.
Why am I telling you about my frolics with awkward middle schoolers? Because they inspired me. You see, I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and every single one of the students that went on that field trip were born somewhere other than the United States - some Burma, some Yemen, some Guatemala and the list goes on. And despite their roots in these beautiful countries, some of these students had never seen the things we saw Saturday. The fish and the crocodiles. I mean my kids weren't like your typical middle school group running around. They would just stop and stare. Stare at the huge glass glasses of fish - moving from one exhibit to the next with their jaws on the floor. Then the beach. Something I take for granted every single day. Some of these kids had never seen the beach. I remember standing and talking to the other teachers about something random and then we all noticed one our students just standing, arms spread open, staring at the sea. It was beautiful. The awe these kids felt was beyond words. Their innocence, grateful hearts and wide eyes is something I hope to carry with me forever.
I hope that I stand and look at the sea in awe every day. I pray I teach my children to count their blessings. I hope I teach them to be blown away my God’s miracles every chance they get. I hope I am a little more like my students. Students whom “learn from me” every day, but students who teach me more than they know. So here’s to stepping back. To allowing ourselves to be blown away. Because look around, there is so much awe waiting to be noticed.
Happy Tuesday sweet friends! Here are a few more pictures from my IPhone.
|again - made it a little blurry. but they sat like these forever|