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Topic: Teacher (10/26/06)
TITLE: Bricks of Wisdom
By Amy Nicholson
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“Yeah! I never thought about that, but I’ve always enjoyed school and I’ve always liked my teachers. Maybe I should go for a major in Education.”
And that’s how it all began. I knew I was going to college, but I didn’t know what for until my boyfriend and I had this conversation. I was at the end of my high school career and applying to colleges. I felt like I was without direction as far as a career choice went. My boyfriend helped me see that desire to teach which sat deep within my heart.
I enrolled in a four-year college. I majored in Early Childhood Education. I greatly enjoyed my classes. Some of them were just pure fun. In Art we were allowed to play with different materials just as our future students would. Clay was especially messy and fun! Children’s Literature was another favorite of mine. I loved discussing my favorite books from childhood and planning how I would instill a love of reading in children.
Some of the classes were more academic. I learned phonics rules that I don’t think I had ever learned. In Math, we didn’t learn mathematics but how to teach mathematics. That’s how it was with many of the classes: Science, Reading, Music, etc. The common goal across all subject areas was getting the students excited about learning.
In Psychology and Philosophy of Education we discussed how children, and adults for that matter, actually learn. We learned about Piaget and stretching your mind to new ideas.
I have to say that after graduating and getting a teaching position in a school, I saw that things in reality were very different from those college courses. In schools I saw teachers teaching to their own learning styles, not necessarily those of their myriad students. I was rather disheartened because much was lost when the students were not taught in a way they would grow.
I no longer teach in a school. I teach my own children. Well, as parents we all teach our own children, whether we realize it or not. Over time I have thought about how we learn the lessons we carry with us through our lives and why we handle certain situations the way we do.
I’ve come to the conclusion that for me, at least, and probably other Christians as well, it is the Holy Spirit who teaches us. We pray that we will live godly lives, and then, when we least expect it, the Holy Spirit smacks us upside the head with a brick of wisdom. Experience is a good teacher. Usually. Sometimes we will make the same mistakes over and over again.
Nothing beats the Hand of God, though. He is the one who changes our hearts and our ways. Praise the Lord that he doesn’t leave us to our own devices!
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