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Five Minute Friday – Pass

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Participating in Five Minute Friday over at Heading Home again this week.  This week’s prompt is “Pass”.


So, here goes:

At this time of year, “pass” is all tied up in grading for me.  I am a teacher, after all and we are nearing the end of the semester.  I consider myself to be a decent teacher.  I’m not great…yet.  But, I’m working on it and I think I do a pretty good job right now.  But, some of my classes are doing pretty poorly.  It is always a question as to whether their pass and failure rate are a reflection of you as an instructor or them as students.  In the end, it is probably a combination.   As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.  I am someone who believes that you can make the water a little more appetizing to them.  You can even give them a way to drink that makes it easier for them to access the water.  But, in the end, you really can’t force it down their throats.  But, it is my goal to do more in my teaching to make the water attractive and to make it easier for them to drink.  I guess I want to be able to make them so thirsty, they can’t possibly turn the water down.

It is not easy though.  I need to improve.  I need to be more engaged.  I need to have a better plan and strategies and activities.  So, this summer will be somewhat dedicated to just that.  But, I’m excited about these changes.  I’m excited about the possibility of serving up water to thirsty students who WANT to drink it down!


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  1. I know I have said it before, but thank you for being a teacher. And, thank you for caring enough about what you do, to challenge yourself to do things differently. Best wishes on your endeavor. Keith

  2. I’ve had teachers who leave you not very thirsty and others who make the water pretty palatable. I’m sure most of your teachers find you the later. Just being able to take a step back and look at what you need to improve makes you a good teacher!

  3. Sorry, I meant most of your students, not your teachers!

  4. It’s lovely to hear the earnest desires of your heart for your vocation and students. As you continue to commit your ways to Him, I believe God will grant you the desires of your heart. Thank you for sharing.

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