Yesterday was a fun example of why I am so thankful to teach a class of moms who want to learn English.
I tend to use humor when I teach to not only make the class fun but also to reduce the stress for students. For example, on cold days I ask if they will have a picnic. When they say no, I ask why. They tell me it is cold and I act surprised.
When the students begin to joke with me, I know we have established a teacher/student relationship that they feel safe with and they feel part of the group.
Yesterday at the end of class, the students were looking at jewelry someone had donated. As they looked at it, they would say things like- for teacher, and then hold it up. One item they held up was an earring for pierced ears. I put my hand over my ear and said ouch. They were having fun and enjoyed teasing the teacher.
It has always been my conviction as someone who teaches refugees and immigrants that I am there to meet the needs of my students but I do not look to them to meet my needs. However, I have to admit that this during this strange year of COVID, seeing them in the mornings certainly makes the day worthwhile.
I am thankful for the moms I teach. They are in my prayers each morning as I spend time with Jesus.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.