What do I teach?
Well, many would say that I am student teaching 7th grade science…however, they would be wrong.
I teach students.
What do I mean by that?
I mean that I am teaching students and science is only the vessel by which I teach.
At the end of the day, it is not so important that my students remember each and every little concept of science – Newton’s 3 laws, what structures are found in cells, or what the scientific name for a Bullfrog is. Yes, they need to be familiar with the standards, but there are even more important skills that teachers cultivate.
I want my students to know how to respect one another, even if they hold different beliefs or look and act different from them.
I want my students to be confident in who they are and know how to demonstrate that confidence with humility and grace.
I want my students to work hard and be kind. Show compassion and strength in life.
I am not teaching science or biology or zoology when I have my own classroom. I am teaching future adults — future leaders and mentors, future moms and dads, future voters and decision makers. These adolescents are the future of our world. We must be investing in them — in our futures.
I was very happy with how today progressed. I am happy to say that I believe these students are already beginning to grow. I can’t wait to see their growth come May of next year.
…and ask yourself, what do you teach?