“I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” said 7th grade me. I always imagined it would happen, fantasizing and playing as if I was really the teacher to my Barbie dolls. Here I am, 18 years later, continuing to pursue my childhood dream.
I’ve faced many obstacles along the way, wondering if teaching was really want I actually wanted to do. After hundreds of wrong turns and much prayer, God revealed to me that teaching and changing the lives of our children and youth is my calling. As a Christian, I know the importance of fulfilling my calling so I strive now to be the vessel that God has called me to be.
Being a Christian Teacher
As a teacher, I am called to teach academic content, standards, and objectives. But as a Christian, I am called to teach love, humility, strength, and faith. There is so much significance in combining the two, and my classroom is my platform to educate students in a diverse manner. I can teach students to love by loving them and being very genuine in my desire to ensure that they are successful in school, as well as out. I ran across an amazing website called Teach 4 The Heart that will be a resource for me to help apply my faith and spirituality to show Christ to my students.
Diversity and the Christian Teacher
Diversity, as I understand it, is about people of different and various cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, beliefs, genders, sexual orientation, identities, backgrounds, traditions, and so many other things. For instance, a classroom of students that come from different countries, are different genders, have different races, and have different religious views is considered a diverse classroom. Diversity is about being different than others in one’s own way.
God created a world of diversity with all types of different people who live in it. Each individual was made as God intended them to be, and with no mistakes. God took his time with each and every one of us, therefore, we are worth so much to Him. No matter what we may or may not have or how different we may be, each individual is equally worth the love, guidance, and forgiveness that God has given us.
There is a duty of the Christian teacher to hen recognizing and valuing the diversity of all students in the classroom. I think that duty is to LOVE. Love is valuing the differences, taking care of needs, and caring for all students. When I say all, I am referring to the students who believe in Christ and the ones who do not, the ones who complete assignments and the ones who do not, the ones who have parents to supply their needs, and the ones who do not. When we love, we take the time to understand every student and what makes them individuals. We accept all students no matter what the circumstance. This is one of the most important things to do as a Christian teacher.
The will of God for me is so incredibly awesome.
I will teach and educate His younger children, applying my faith and spirituality to enhance the lives of each of them by being a representation of love in this world of diversity. God has called me to be a treasured vessel to teach, and I so humbly accept the challenge. 💜