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5 Minutes from the Heart: View

935741_627204340640703_547424500_nLinking up with www.lisajobaker.com this morning for the first time in a while. The topic caught my eye and made me feel like writing. Here goes my addition to her 5 Minute Friday flash mob of writers all talking about the prompt “view”.

Start: 6:25

From the beginning of this school year until now my point of view has made drastic changes. It actually started a few weeks before the first day when I was offered a position on a new campus that was quite a bit different from what I had done for the past three years. I moved from a medically fragile life skills classroom of high school students to an all autism classroom of elementary students. I felt sure there would be some challenges, but I also felt sure that my graduate academic certificate in applied behavior analysis as well as my previous 6 years of teaching experience had prepared me for this challenge. To say that I was wrong is a huge understatement. My intent was to learn and grow, but I had no idea how much learning and growing was ahead of me. Over the past year I have gone from 8 students to 6 and back up to 8. I have gone from one classroom aide to two, back to one plus a different substitute every day. I have gone from wondering what I was thinking to really enjoying my choice to become a teacher of such wonderful little people who learn and grow so quickly. Then on to wondering what the district was thinking and if I would survive the school year. I never imagined that my point of view could change so drastically in the span of 10 months. I am thankful for the experience and know that God’s plan to grow me and mold me has not been completed. God is good and He never puts more on us that what he has designed us to handle. Just when you think you have come to your wit’s end, allow Him to change your point of view and show you just what wonders are in store.

Stop: 6:35 (with a phone call in the mix)

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