Thursday, July 25, 2013

So Long Second

Way back when I was preparing for student teaching alongside my peers, it seemed like everyone wanted to student teach in Second Grade.  At the time, I didn't really have a strong preference but since everyone wanted Second Grade it seemed like there must be something magical about it.  It took me awhile but I finally attained a sweet Second Grade spot - technically it was a sweet First and Second Grade spot but the point is I got to experience what it was like to teach Second Grade.  I ended up teaching a combined First and Second Grade for three years before I finally got to experience Second Grade all on its own.  I'll gladly admit that it was a whole lot of fun!  My last class was made up of an awesome bunch of kids and I enjoyed the new challenge after many years in First.  So I'm glad that season of life ended on a high note because for now it is...


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There's a lot to love about First Grade too! It is especially rewarding to see children go from being non-readers and writers to confident readers and writers.  So that's the task I have before me - 16 Little Ones perched on the edge ready to make some incredible learning leaps will be knocking down my door on August 14th.  One unique aspect of this class is the high concentration of English Language Learners.  I've never taught a class with quite as many students learning English and I feel very inadequate for the task.  Please pray that God would give me wisdom and understanding so that I will recognize their individual needs.  Pray also that along with that wisdom and understanding will flow creative ideas and ways to meet those needs.
 
School starts August 14th which is less than 3 weeks away so here are some other things to pray about:
  • Cleaning, fixing, installing, dusting, reorganizing, building and so much more continues daily on campus.  Pray that we'll be able to prioritize the needs.
  • Alongside all of that are all the logistical things like class lists, schedules and so on that are being done to prepare for the beginning of school.  It is often difficult to focus on these things when all around you can see other things that need to be done.
  • Earl and his wife, Ellen, are here for a month using their skills to be a blessing.  Pray especially for Earl who is working to reestablish our phone system.
  • We are having some IT and computer network problems which need resolution in the short term but pray also for someone who could take on this role in the long term.  It is a definite area of need.
  • New staff will begin arriving next week.  Pray for them as they adjust to a new country and culture and seek to fit into the Sahel team.  Pray for us as we welcome them that we would quickly recognize areas of need and be able to help in their adjustment.

Thank you so much for praying.




8 comments:

  1. BETH!!! Here are the comments from the kids:
    Nathan: YES!
    Jaelyn: You are SO lucky! She is the best teacher in the world!!
    And now she is going on about writer's workshop, and all of the fun things she did in your class...we are excited! Truly happy for you and for Nathan but will start praying NOW! :) 16 first graders with MANY ESL students...yikes!

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    1. Ah, thanks for sharing, Mira! :) I hope Nathan will have just as much fun as Jaelyn did!

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    2. And thanks for praying, too!

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  2. Do you need any materials? Anything that could be sent on a container since we don't have space. We have a kindergarten first grade teacher who is getting rid of stuff!

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    1. Thanks for thinking of me, Linda. I think for now we are set. :)

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  3. I get to teach second grade for the first time this fall. I hope it lives up to all the rave reviews:) I also get to teach kindergarten, but at least this is my second time with that level.

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    1. Well, I hope your second grader is as sweet as my last bunch! Then it will be nothing but a pleasure.

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