Graduation was yesterday. Along with 84 seniors from the class of 2012, I graduated also. I will be back at the school next year in a very part-time role, but the era of full-time teaching is over for me. So in honor of this transition, here are the 10 top things I have learned after 20 years of teaching Bible in the high school classroom.
10. If the classroom has a lot of laughter, students are more likely to learn.
9. The three most important words for a teacher are “I don’t know.”
8. Driving your own children to school and then being with them each day is an amazing privilege as a father.
7. Don’t be afraid to admit mistakes. Students will love you more for it.
6. High-fives and knuckle pounds in the hallway are a powerful pedagogical tool.
5. Writing personal notes to students may be one of the best uses of time.
4. Senior slide can start early and always ends late. Just keep seniors moving to the end.
3. Kids need hugs, not drugs. (I really do say that all the time!)
2. Teaching high school is incredibly exhausting and incredibly rewarding. Wear comfortable shoes.
And for the most important lesson of all…
1. Never, ever leave a classroom full of freshman boys for 30 seconds. Not even 5. You will regret it.
More about my future in the next blog.