What My Students Taught Me This Year


What did you learn from your students this school year?

By Sheri Wohlfert

Continue in what you have learned. (2 Timothy 3:14)

The first time I remember hearing someone say, “The older you get, the faster time goes by,” I thought that it was ridiculous. I guess I must be really old, because this school year flew by so fast I hardly saw it pass by! As I reach the end of another school year, my mind is flooded with the many things my students taught me this year.

*I learned that even on the longest, hardest day, the sound of someone’s laughter can totally change my attitude. Thank you to my laughers.

*I learned that even in the middle of important lessons, it’s OK to drop everything and pray about something that just pops into your head … God will make sure you find your way back to what you were doing. Thank you to my pray-ers.

*I learned that speaking and playing like saints is harder than you think, but when you get it right, life is way more fun and it’s easier to look people in the eye. Thank you to my future saints.

*I learned that we should remember to pray for the president every day because he has a really hard job and he could use God’s help to make him do it better. Thank you to those who were either politically aware or listening carefully to Mom and Dad at the dinner table.

*I learned that we weren’t all given the same gifts and talents, but that’s one of God’s great ideas because we aren’t all put here to do the same job: We have to be different. Thank you to my great thinkers.

*I learned that sixth-grade buddies are superheroes! They look out for you, speak kindly to you, and help you when you can’t figure something out. I guess we should all try to be like sixth-grade buddies. Thank you to the helpers.

*I learned that it was good to be born in “these days” instead of “back then,” because your mom and dad might have named you something like Belshazzar or Abednego or Naboth. Thank you to good parents who picked names we could spell.

*I learned that it’s really important to try and not be like the Israelites in the Old Testament, because story after story is just about them forgetting God, begging to God, being rescued by God and then forgetting about Him again. We should try to be like the “remember God” parts of the stories. Thank you to my budding Bible scholars.

*Most of all, I learned that when you pray and laugh often, try hard, take care of each other, and take turns with the best stuff (like the longest pencil with the biggest eraser), you’re going to have a good day — and time will fly!

I learned a lot this year; not because of what people told me or what I read, but because of what my room full of middle lovelies showed me.

We all learn best by example! School may be almost out for the summer, but we can all keep teaching and learning by example: God’s example brought to life through our words and actions.

One more thought: The Bible is one textbook that never has to be checked in and shut in the cupboard, so today would be an excellent day to begin your summer reading!

A Seed To Plant: Pick a chapter in the Bible and begin your summer reading on the first day of summer vacation.

Image credit: By Aaron Burden (2016), Unsplash.com, CC0/PD

Sheri Wohlfert is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker, and teacher who writes from Michigan. She uses her sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

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