Teachers are Committed to Students and Their Learning

All five science classes of Mrs. Green are filled with enthusiastic learners. Each class has a completely different vibe though. The class I will be teaching I can only describe as eager. Each of the students in this classroom will go above and beyond what the teacher wants them to do. Mrs. Green has told me that this class, in particular, could spend an entire day talking about a topic that has been brought up. She lets them do this because they are curious and she does not want to interupt their thinking processes. This class is the class that is usually a day or two behind the others, but it does not bother Mrs. Green because they are LEARNING. While most of the students in the classroom are eager to ┬álearn and get their opinion heard there are other students that would rather sit back and listen to the talk unfold. These more quiet students still get time to speak though. Mrs. Green does an activity called “Tabletop Twitter”. Thought provoking questions will be put on each large table and students get the opportunity to walk around and look at all of them. After she has given them a minute or two to collect their thoughts they will take their pencils are go write a response on the paper. It can be anonymous or they can sign their name. They must answer or write a detailed response to every question. Most of the questions are opinions so they know there is no right or wrong answer. After they write their responses the students then have some more time to go back and look at what others said. They can write a response to that person or just move on. This gives the students in the classroom that are too shy to speak up for fear of being wrong some relief. They are still getting to express their opinion. Mrs. Green realizes that all students have strong opinions, but some have trouble getting that opinion out when their peers are listening in. These questions always have something to do with the unit that is being taught, but in a different more thought provoking way. Mrs. Green says that she wants her students to be able to have intelligent discussions about the real issues in the world. They need to learn from a young age how to state their opinion and also how to respectfully disagree with someone else’s opinion.


happenings of today

today was a big day in the world of Emma. i was able to talk on the phone with a member of the NICS team for quite a while about different opportunities that were available for me. there are so many things out there and so many opportunities that NICS creates for their employees. the conversation with him got me very excited about this journey i could possibly be going on. it also scared me a little.

i am getting my hopes way up that there is a job opportunity for me in the NICS family. i know that there is no certainty in anything. while it is easy to sit here and say “whatever God has planned for me will be perfect and good” it is hard to REALLY believe that. i believe it, but somehow i can’t always put it in to practice. my heart is so far into this application that is scares me God will just rip it away. i know if He does that it is for the best, but i have trouble wrapping my head around that.

the reason all these fears came up was because i am starting to feel like not every one is on the same page. i have a weird and unusual case for Samford and for the NICS team. i would be the first to apply to work for them, but want that to count as my student teaching. it is done through Samford in the states all the time. many of the people in my cohort came in with jobs and are doing everything through their own classrooms. i think the thing that scares Samford is the fact of how far away it is. all the NICS schools are accredited through multiple organizations so that should not be the problem. when i was getting scared i contacted someone as NICS who i have been speaking to about this special circumstance. he said he would contact some people for me to get the ball rolling, so to speak.

all i want is to follow God’s plan for my life. if i’m being honest, though, i think what i really want is for His plan to line up with my plan…