On Thursdays I presently do not have students in the classroom I work in at school..It’s the day used for planning and testing and meetings for the special education teacher and speech pathologist I work under. I normally help out in several classrooms with some of our pre-K special ed friends.
Yesterday at school I got to be a sub. A substitute in a pre-K classroom for one of our Early Childhood Assistants that was in a training class. It was such a delightful day! Similar in many ways to the classroom I’m normally in, yet different in many others.The students were a year older, they attended for a full day,.and it was not a classroom of developmental students. Since I am fairly new to education, it was enlightening to observe another teacher’s style. A teacher known as one of our finest!
The morning project in her classroom was for her students to paint pictures. Except she couldn’t find her paintbrushes! Somehow she had lost them! 😦 So she called her father to bring some to her. And instead, he must have gotten confused for he brought her vegetables! You can’t paint with vegetables! Or can you?
At JWE we strive to promote our students to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers,. knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced, and reflective.
We all have the posters up in our classrooms, but I watched as this teacher played it out to its fullest. On a level that preschoolers could understand. The looks of wonder on each of their faces as she dipped another vegetable into her paints and onto the paper was priceless! They painted green mushroom trees.They chose blue for broccoli, pink for pepper, green pepper. They made circles of purple with zucchini. They rolled corn on the cob in blue paint then on their paper. They created masterpieces. Each one unique. That’s what it’s all about to be a risk taker. You have to think outside of the box. You have to try new things.
God calls us all to be risk takers. Do you think Mary took a little risk in believing she was carrying the son of God? Do you think Noah had the plans for the ark in his back pocket? Do you remember the story of Peter? He was quite a risk taker. He attempted to walk on water towards Jesus until he let fear get in his way.
Let’s all be risk takers. Let’s not let fear hinder us. Let’s all take a risk and be Christ followers. Let’s boldly go where others have not. Let’s be willing to go wherever God takes us. It begins with the simple willingness to try. Something different than you normally do. And before long we’ll all be painting with vegetables! .
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,”he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31
Love and laughter,