Since I just got my braces yesterday, I told my teacher to plan on teaching today because I wasn’t sure how I’d be feeling. I’m pleasantly surprised with how little my teeth hurt. As I write this, the place that hurts the most is my bottom lip which is kind of getting torn up by my braces… maybe I’ll put some wax on them.
Anyways, I pretty much just helped out as needed today. The students worked in small groups and used mini-marshmallows and toothpicks to construct cubes. Then, they counted the number of toothpicks (edges) and marshmallows they (vertices) used. There were some questions about parallel and perpendicular lines too. Overall the kids were quite well behaved today (especially for coming back from a 4 day weekend!)- I’ll take it.
As always, there were a few exceptions. Tara got put out of Ms. M’s class, so I took her with me to the cafeteria to work on some sheets from her workbook that were similar to what the rest of the class was working on. Before getting started, we just talked for a bit… When I asked her if she had a good weekend, she quietly shook her head “no.” I asked if there was anything good about her weekend, and she told me “no.” So, I asked if she wanted to hear about my weekend. To this she nodded “yes.” I briefly shared about my weekend and then talked with her for a little bit about her behavior (which has been worse than usual the past few weeks). A few times as I was talking with her, her mouth opened just enough for a genuine smile to creep out. At the same time, I could sense that there is a lot going on beneath the surface. I told Tara that if she ever wanted to talk to me she could and if she would rather write me a little note, she could do that too. But no matter what is going on outside of school, there is still work that needs to get done.
Please pray for Tara and that I would continue to build trust with her so that she feels comfortable talking with me. Also, please pray that my love for my students and teachers would overflow from the neverending love that God has for me. I know that Tara is not the only student with stuff beneath the surface… and there’s teachers with stuff hiding underneath too. It is my prayer that God would give me wisdom and discernement as I love on these people and build relationships with them! 🙂