It is the time of year for prayers for a good year. I pray for my family, friends and loved ones, and my high school students.
This month I returned to the classroom after over 5 years since I’ve taught in a formal classroom. This opportunity came up early in the summer and I decided to dive in again to my old love of teaching English, literature and writing to 9th and 10th grade girls.
Each one of my students is a unique soul.
Here are some hopes and goals that I have for my students. They will work hard in my class and hopefully achieve success. For the 10 months of the school year, I have 10 prayers for my students to find, experience, feel, develop, learn, value, improve, grow, achieve and work…and so much more.
I PRAY THAT:
- … each student finds and experiences her unique gifts. Whether that be writing poetry, essays, decorating bulletin boards or participating in debates.
- … each student feels accepted and loved by her teachers and peers.
- … each student develops self-control to regulate her classroom behavior.
- … each student learns accountability for turning in assignments and being prepared for class.
- … each student values the process of making errors and growing from them.
- … each student is comfortable asking questions when she doesn’t understand the material.
- … each student improves organization skills, including keeping books and papers in order.
- … each student grows in her capacity to not only hear, but listen to peers and teachers who are speaking.
- … each student achieves the social skills necessary to work in groups with her peers.
- … each student shares a love of books and the written word.
I ask G-d to allow me to provide an environment in the classroom that encourages my students to blossom in the 10 ways above. Amen.
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