Substitute Teaching

I spent the entire day with 14 of the most wonderful students in the world today.  No they were not from a college class or high schoolers.  They weren’t in my doctoral program.  Not even in a Bible study class. 

I spent the whole day with 14 first and second graders.  I was a substitute teacher in our school. 

We learned the ow and ew sounds.  We learned the parts of a plant (leaves, roots, stem, veins, fruit, and flowers).  We learned about the American Revolution and what it means to be a “loyalist” or “patriot.”  We learned how to make $0.37 out different denominations of coins.  We even learned from the Bible (Matthew 6:19-21) about storing up treasures in heaven, where moths and rust and thieves can’t destroy.

This was my first taste of actually teaching in a Christian school classroom.  I have subbed before, all in public school systems.  You have limitations on your faith and what is the basis for your understanding of the world.  But to be in “school” and get to talk opening about how Christians are to care for God’s creation, to discuss liberty in Christ like liberty from England, and how to store up treasures in heaven was quite a treat.

I hope I get to do it again.

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