I am sitting in here on a quiet, raining,Sunday afternoon, indulging in one of my guilty pleasures, Hallmark Movies. They are so good and so cheesy all at the same time!
Anyway, I was reminded as I was sitting here, that I had a story I needed to tell you all.
So, it’s no secret that my 5th grade class I have had this year has been a bit of a challenge.
Last Wednesday, I had my second observation with the good ole TLE form. I was a little nervous. That nervousness was combined with my kids being more chatty than usual, and me feeling a little under the weather.
I had a great lesson planned, I got the kids calmed down and started the lesson knowing my principal would show up soon. 10 minutes in, he calls to say he will be late and that we will have to have the kids go to lunch late so he can do the observation.
If you know anything about 11 year olds, you will know they aren’t the MOST patient people.
The observation went fine, until the very end of course when they realized they were gonna be late for lunch. Then the whining and asking started. They became talkative and the principal stood up and gave them a talk.
I was a little scared of what was going to happen. We ended and went to lunch and as I was walking back to my room, I started crying out of frustration. I had worked so hard to make everything perfect and then it just kind of blew up.
I just had to wait to hear what he thought at my conference that Friday.
A little while later, the kids were back in the room and writing and he came by and asked to see me in the hall. I was a wee bit nervous.
Then came what I didn’t expect. Grace.
He told me he thought I was a great teacher and he could tell I had been working hard. He said he thought my lesson was awesome, and I had laid out expectations and it wasn’t my fault the children weren’t following them at that moment. He said not to worry and that he was glad I came to the school. He said a few more nice things I really needed to hear.
Right there in the hallway, God’s grace hit me in the face.
You see, my principal had no obligation to come and say those things to me. He didn’t owe me anything.
Just like God doesn’t owe us explanations, affirmations, or even an easy road. He shows us Grace.
Everything we get is a gift. We weren’t born with anything. We didn’t have a job, friends, things. We weren’t promised today, tomorrow, or next month. Each breath we take, and every thing that comes our way is just because God has grace for us.
Wow! I am so thankful for his grace.
Anyways, the Friday eval. day came, and I had a good conference. He said even though the kids were loud, he saw their learning. They got the skills. I got all 3’s on the TLE which is effective and what you need, and one 4 for interpersonal skills. ( for 4’s and 5’s you have to document reasons. They are harder to come by.) I was so encouraged by the things he said. Then about an hour later, while we were in a Figurative Language lesson with Will Ferrell clips. The principal and a Literacy First guy walked in and watched for a few minutes, unannounced. The kids were engaged and answered questions. Boom! It was a pretty awesome teaching moment.
Then later that day, I rode in a limo. No big deal or anything, just took some kids who won a prize. They needed an adult chaperon.
God’s grace is all over the place. I am so excited that I have been seeing it more and more.
The past couple months, I had wondered exactly how God was working through me in this new job. I got frustrated because I couldn’t see the big picture. I am so thankful that God does and chooses to reveal it to me in His time.
I found this verse as I was reading through Hebrews. It encouraged me, and I hope it encourages you too.
” For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers,[b] as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.” Hebrews 6:10-12 (NLT)
God sees us. He is working in us. He is growing us in our faith all while lavishing us in GRACE.
I am speaking to you from a very full and thankful heart. I am blessed far more than I deserve.