by Haylee Haynes, Spring Teacher's Aide Intern
What I love about teaching is you can find the joy in the smallest moments, and here at the learning center those moments are all around me. The love and joy that the students have for learning and reading is eye opening. They are eager to learn new things and treasure that knowledge as if it was all they had. They long for deeper meanings, more understanding, and insight of how to become more of themselves. Students want to learn, but having an established purpose for each lesson gets them excited to walk through the door everyday to learn something new.
Not only has it been great seeing joy from the students, but the staff included. They pour their hearts into their jobs and their students. When a student is struggling and finally has that “light bulb moment” joy is expressed all around.
Each day has been a learning experience. I see my outlook and teaching change in the midst of a city that has children who take ahold of every word I speak. That is something that I pray that carries with me when I go back home to teach. That God speaks hope to every student that walks through my door, because if their hope isn’t already found in Jesus, the words spoken from me will be from above and there they can find hope and purpose. I pray for everyday to be a joyful and purposeful day for my students.
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