Will this month be a reprieve from the spiritual intensity of August? I hope so. Karen asks us to consider virtue this month. And, she's hosting this month's collection of posts.
Like many of you, my present is all things back-to-school. Being in school even with the safety measure of a mask holds the kind of joy that made me a teacher. I love students that want to learn.
Students that are thirsty to know and grow are what get me out of bed and to work ready to teach every day. These students give me energy. And, often I learn more from them than I teach in a day.
I'm fortunate to have met many students ready to learn these past weeks. One of my favorite groups to work with is English Language Learners. Students who are learning English are categorized into levels where I teach. It's amazing to watch a student learn to communicate in English with peers socially and academically as they advance to new levels. I am fortunate to work in a place where I get to see a lot of this.
|The library is a great place to practice English and find reading materials. Photo: Linda M.|
Karen provided a list of virtues to consider for today's reflection. The pair of words that jumped out at me was cooperation and unity.
Two years ago, my school district changed the name of the school where I teach from the name of a Confederal General to Unity Braxton. Braxton is the last name of a husband and wife who served in the US Army for decades. As service members, they also became integrally involved in bettering our community. Mrs. Braxton helped integrate schools. Mr. Braxton served a long and distinguished military career.
The Braxton's are now deceased. But, their legacy of service...cooperating with other members of their community for the betterment of all is a strong, clear message of what my school aims to be.
Unity was selected to show that we are one community. The high school that my middle school feeds into selected the name Unity as well. My students go from Unity Braxton to Unity Reed (another distinguished community member).
The purposeful naming of our school caused some controversy. However, I think in a true spirit of cooperation and professionalism we've rolled up our sleeves, and are doing the work we are meant to do. I am grateful to be a part of the faculty at Unity Braxton.
I realize that there is always room for improvement when it comes to cooperation. Students teach me this every day.
Right now, I'm up at 5 am writing as I am most days. Coffee is brewing and I look forward to getting to school and working with students.