Passion for Teaching
August always renews my passion for teaching. I am reminded how life changing teaching is for both students and teachers. However, this year is particularly amazing. I’m spending this week at Flight Plan Camp for first generation students at Lubbock Christian University.
We are nestled in the Lincoln forest in southeastern New Mexico. The students here have been inspiring. Their energy and enthusiasm is indescribable. The 35 freshmen here are singing in the kitchen while they wash dishes and laughing and giggling through the meals.
I look down and see these college students playing volleyball with the children of staff members. The college students are playing with one hand to help make the game fairer for the children. In addition, they are yelling and encouraging the kids whether the kids are succeeding or failing in their attempts to connect with the volleyball.
During the day, the campers are attending classes and working in small groups to get ready for all the new experiences of college. In the evenings, there are games, activities, devotionals, and a campfire. The experience is life changing for both the campers and staff members.
Two of the campers walked up to me after dinner and just wanted to talk about how much the camp was helping them define their spiritual values and their goals for college. They talked about staying up late in their cabin talking about God and getting to know one another.
The college students seem to be adjusting to being away from their families extremely well. A few of the campers have expressed concerns about their parents missing them and being worried about their parents, rather than the campers missing their parents. Pretty ironic, huh?
When I forget why I teach, coming to camp and interacting with college freshmen reminds me of all the reasons I choose to teach and still chose to teach.
I love the students. I love the conversations with students. I love watching the students grow and change.
August and teaching.
It doesn’t get much better than this.