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Striving through Struggles
- December 8, 2014
- Posted by: LSEM
- Category: Devotions
“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.” – Psalm 119:71-73
As a member of the faculty of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, I was given the opportunity to teach many classes that would help to shape the lives of future teachers. My favorite class to teach was Foundations of Education – the very first course education students would take. I enjoyed this course because it was focused around the basic ideas of what it took to be a good teacher. I used many sources to help identify the best strategies and methods. What I found most enjoyable and more effective was to look back and identify good teaching by studying the best teachers we had when we were in school. There were many consistent characteristics shared, but two always stood out:
1. The best teachers set high standards and challenged their students to always strive for excellence.
2. The best teachers guided their students to enable them to gain knowledge and skills far beyond what they thought possible.
All of our students deserve teachers who can provide these two things. These are the teachers whose classrooms provide opportunities for learning to occur. We gain very little from those things which come easy, but in times of struggle we achieve a deeper understanding of the content we learned along with a few lessons about ourselves. You know this is true – just think back to the last “impossible” thing you did. Are you proud? Feel accomplished? Did you grow in knowledge, skill and or confidence?
Now imagine feeling that way every day of your life. For many students, school presents challenges that most of us could never fully grasp. They struggle to understand and retain the basic concepts they will need to succeed in future classrooms, in college and in life. Every day LSEM connects students across the country with gifted teachers who partner with the students, directing them in their learning. They work, struggle, fight through frustration, and with guidance and determination they learn and grow.
Give thanks to God for the struggles we face and for those partners He provides to lead us where He designed us to be.
A Devotion by Rich Schumacher- Assistant Director, Programs and Services