High school teachers are doing the hard work of sowing and nurturing, but I doubt that very many will see the reaping or the fruition of their work before their students graduate.  Moreover, much of a high school teacher’s job is dealing with the social and family issues that these youths bring to class, often from dysfunctional or broken homes.  It has got to be a gargantuan job to keep the attention of these kids, mold their character, develop good habits in them, plan lessons for them, grade their papers, maintain effective classroom order and discipline, establish and maintain comprehensive standards for all students, and, hopefully, instill some enduring knowledge and life lessons that the students will remember years hence.  With all the distractions of the teen years, this is a tall order for teachers or parents.  Anyone, who works with and makes a difference in the lives of teenaged youth, has my utmost respect.   I, at least, get to see the fruit or results of my efforts in a short semester.  I sow seeds of knowledge that go deeper into the students’ minds and further develop the foundational skills that are already there.  But by the end of the semester, I am reaping from the fertile ground of my students’ minds, hearts, and experiences, seeing the growth and maturity exemplified in their writing.

But I understand that I am inheriting and perpetuating the work that began with my students’ high school teachers.  When students arrive at my class, they are more focused, more mature, more motivated, don’t have six to eight classes, don’t have numerous chaotic extracurricular activities, and aren’t as encumbered by sports, good and bad friends, the pains of growing up, and the limitations of parental boundaries.  My students’ lives have been simplified and they have been given more freedom along with adult responsibilities.  They are adapting to being treated like, and being respected as, adults.  By the time that I get these young men and women, they not only have taken on adult freedoms and responsibilities, but they are also still discarding the foolish notions of their childhood, and are starting to realize and commit to the hard lessons and requirements of succeeding in the adult world. 

They have just begun to grasp and to accept the understanding that they will have to earn their way in life, the understanding that nothing will be handed to them unless they have worked for it.  And they are just beginning to grasp the all-important lesson of consequences, of reaping what they sow, of receiving from life what they put into it.  This is a lesson that many adults spend their life-time learning because of laziness, apathy, fear, bad habits, self-delusion/pride, ignorance, willful ignorance, lack of opportunity, resistance to change, etc.  Most or all of my students do not seem to be encumbered by any of these character flaws.  They all seem to have a proper humility, a willingness to accept constructive criticism, a willingness to learn, and a willingness to do the necessary work for a quality product and a good grade.  And if they are willing, I am certainly able to teach them what they need to know. 

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that God will give you wisdom, peace, and joy as you walk in fellowship with Him this day.

 


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05/25/2016 12:14pm

When we are suddenly moving from school level to college level, then we are really feeling very odd about the life style of the college life. The methods and the college life is feeling like we are getting a freedom from a cage.

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03/07/2017 8:27am

I Really like this post very informative and knowledgeable thanks for the great post.

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There's a huge difference between a high school student and a college student. A high school student must be guided properly while a college student don't always necessarily need the guidance of the professor all the time. But nonetheless, being an instructor, whether a kinder teacher or a college professor, is never an easy thing to do. Teachers don't just teach students academic lessons, they also give us pieces of advice about life. No doubt they serve as our second parents next to our biological mother/father. They deserve to be treated with love not just during Teacher's Day but everyday!

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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