There is no comparison between first and second year. Twelve months ago, I was enjoying teaching well enough but struggling mightily just to keep up with its day-to-day demands (the emotional and spiritual, in addition to the physical). This year, three weeks into the new semester, I feel like I have not only kept my head above water but actually stepped onto solid ground in terms of managing my classroom, prioritizing my time, and making my vision come alive for students. Of course, I know that it is only by God’s ineffable grace and wisdom that this has been the case, and the cry of the psalmist has been ever resounding in my heart: “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
Details to come eventually, but for now, please enjoy these pictures of my classroom. I made some changes from last year, and the kids have noticed; even the ones I don’t teach often gaze inside longingly as they pass by and comment to each other about the environment and Christmas lighting, as if I’m not standing right there.
And now, back to work. I wish the weather would stay this perfect forever.