Teaching may be a role assumed by a trained professional modeled on well chosen standards, with measured results and reflective evaluations to improve the proponent’s skill and expertise. Yet, if the teacher’s students do not learn, then it is a failed exercise. I bring into my teaching fun and excitement and I try not only to teach the subject at hand, but also I strive to regard my students and listen and learn about my students’ abilities, needs, interests and curiosities. My intent is to get them involved and engaged and motivated in their journey of learning.
I teach in a Catholic Parochial School, so faith is something that we can explore – in any school subject. It doesn’t mean that we are teaching the catechism in every class, but the students and I can stop and reflect on deep meaningful subjects at any time that it seems appropriate. This can help to relieve stress, center our thoughts and fill our hearts with feelings we hold in common – a great way to experience a moment together and share appreciation for each other and build trust and confidence in each other. On the other hand, sometimes we just need to have a laugh or sing a song together.