My best friend, Julia, started her first day teaching middle school today! She has put in a lot of work to prepare for her students and I am confident that she will be an amazing teacher. Being an educator is no easy task and it requires a lot of sacrifice. Growing up I never realized what a daunting task our teachers were up against. I mean I enjoyed school but I never truly understood all their hard work that made my education possible. Watching Julia prepare for her students has opened my eyes to how grateful I need to be to all of my teachers. Thanks to all of my teachers!
I’m no expert about education but I do love a good discussion about teaching methods and ideology. I have my own ideas about what works and what doesn’t but there is one thing that I know for certain… a teacher’s character far out weighs the methods or the subject matter that they teach. I found this quote today in my studies, I love it!
“My own memories of my teachers at Granite High… are basically now distilled into what they were in terms of their character. Forgotten are the specific lesson menus, but I remember the chefs! It’s likely to be that way with you. You will be remembered not only for what you taught but even more for what you are.”
-Neil A Maxwell
Julia’s students are one lucky group! Not only am I sure that her lessons are AWESOME but I know that who she is inspires those around her. She has a way to make everyone feel important. She really cares about others, especially her students. Her students will love her and remember her because she is a true friend. Here’s to Julia and all the other teachers who have inspired us, taught us, and befriended us! Good luck with the beginning of a new school year!
Have you ever come to a point in your life where you start to wonder what it is that you are really doing? For me, I’ve recently hit that point specifically concerning my future career and the path that I want to take. I truly believe that we don’t need to know everything all at once and that the Lord directs us day by day. The same friend who sent me the link below often tells me that The most important thing is that you have some direction and that you are moving towards it. When you lift your feet, the Lord can place them but You’ve got to start moving first. I’m narrowing my search for the next steps in my career path and this little TED talk below helped me to gain some new perspective.
I was sent the link to this video on Friday, but it seemed that every time I started to get into it I was distracted. Although, It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t watch it right away because I feel like the past couple of days have been good preparation. You might like it, you might not. You might watch it, you might not. All I’m sayin’ is that I learned something new. I ask myself the same question I ask you, What is your WHY for the direction you are going in?
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
So I’m feeling kind of lazy but I have a story to tell. I hope you can follow the plot.
Phone call. Girlfriend. bbq. tonight? Dessert? Ok. Me. Justin. Car. Roads. Talking. Stop light. Macey’s. Soft serve ice cream. Yummy! Sweets section. Home-made chocolate chip cookies. Check out. Self Serve. Scanner. Cookies. Bag. Money. Change. Door. Keys. Nissan. Streets. Intersection. Home. Parking lot. Justin. No cookies? Back seat. No cookies. Front seat. no cookies. Laughs. Really? Still no cookies. Ignition. Roads. Stop Light. Macey’s. Check out lady. Question. Cookies? Customer service. Question. Cookies? Receipt? No receipt. More Questions. Representatives’ hands. Cookies. My hands. Cookies. Doors. Car. Roads. Stop light. Julia. Driving. Bbq. Cookies! Delicious!
Maybe next time I’ll elaborate but I hope you caught the gist.
“Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on?”