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You Reap What You Sow
Teaching is one of the most underpaid jobs that exists today. By titling this post the most rewarding profession, I, by no means, am talking about it being rewarding in the way of salary.
At risk of sounding cheesy to everyone that hasn’t experienced the true, non-monetary reward of teaching, let me explain. Teaching does have some challenging moments whether it be having trouble keeping a student engaged, feeling like you are yielding no difference in a student’s academics at all no matter how hard you try, or simply feeling exhausted from all the time in energy you put into your students day in and day out. However, as the Bible tells us, you will always reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7).
Because a teacher puts a ton of hard work and time into their students, there will always be a reaping of reward of the hard work, first for the student in their grades and self-esteem, and then for the tutor.
There is nothing like the Ah-Ha moment.
There is nothing like seeing a student in complete confusion at the beginning of a session or a class slowly reach a climatic “Ah-Ha!,” a light bulb, a-switch-turning-on moment.
It is at this moment the student realizes the subject they were confused about is understandable; it is achievable; they are capable.
Students need to understand they are capable and amazing.
This summer, I taught math to fourth graders through Relay Summer Experience in New Orleans. I had one student who was extremely hard on himself every time he made a mistake. He would say things like, “I’m useless,” or “I suck.” Knowing that words have the power to give life and death, I realized my student was speaking negative things over his life, and if he was allowed to say things like this his entire life, he would never see himself as anything but useless.
I had the opportunity to sit him down at lunch and have a one-on-one conversation. I did the old crumble-up-the-dollar analogy to show him his worth. I told him, “Even though the dollar is crumbled up, would you still want it if I gave it to you?” He nodded. I continued, “You might feel all beat up and crumbled sometimes because things get hard but your value does not change because of it.” He had a big smile on his face after and hugged me every time he saw me for the rest of the summer. Chris Bowen says in his book Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom, “Anybody can be tough with a nine year old. But it takes the strength of patience, empathy, and honesty to build the more effective, lasting relationship.”
At His Glory Tutoring, we seek after these moments.
We long for them and try to create them every chance we get. We give our students more than education; we give them a sense of capability, and they give us a sense of purpose.