So I was thinking back on the first half of my student teaching... What have I not shared that I want to share? So here's the highlights I thought of...
I did a project in Bible with my students. The unit was on missions and evangelism so I taught them the wordless book, and then they had to make a wordless book and share the gospel with a classmate who would evaluate them. I loved the conversations I had with them as they discussed each color I was teaching them. I cannot describe what it was like to walk around the room and hear them sharing the gospel. It was AMAZING! I couldn't help but think of how cool it is that the gospel is simple enough for a child to not only understand but be able to share it! Not only did they have fun with this project, but one of my students told me she wanted to use the wordless book she made to share the gospel with her Grandpa. That is what it's all about!
Another think I did in Bible, was have my wonderful fiancé come in and talk about his growing up as a missionary kid in Brazil. He did an exceptional job! The students LOVED all the things he brought that they could touch (and a few things to taste ;) They asked him all kinds of questions and it was so cool to know that they were enjoying hearing about missions and just having fun. The best part was after he left when some of my girls came up to me and said "He is so cute!" "You guys are so adorable together!" It got better when one of the girls asked me a couple days later if I was going to tell Jerrod that she thinks he's cute. I told her that I already did. She got embarrassed, but still wanted to know what he said. I said "He just laughed." She turned a nice shade of pink after that! Gotta love 5th grade! :)
Another memorable moment was my last day with my 5th graders... They threw me a little going away party. They made me all kinds of cards and little gifts. It was priceless. The best part was at the very end. Before they went home they all gathered around me, put there hands on me, and prayed for me. It was awesome! Some of the best things they prayed were that I'd be safe, that I'd come back to visit them, that my new class would appreciate me, and that since I can't teach all the kids in the world that I'd be able to enjoy my new class(I can't imagine teaching all the kids in the world!). They also told me that they would be praying for me in the next few weeks. I know they are such prayer warriors that they will not forget and will be praying every single day! :) How cool is that?!?!
What a blessing they were to me. I think it just goes to show that God can use anything (and anyone!) to teach us valuable lessons. Thank you, Lord for 5th graders!