Teacher Life: See You Guys Tomorrow

Yesterday, I finally told my student that he shouldn’t repeat me verbatim when I say goodbye at the end of class. For months, he has been telling me, “See you guys tomorrow,” running off before I can correct him. Glad I finally cleared that one up. (But not glad at the same time. Makes me laugh every time…)

As a teacher, certain things become routine as time progresses, but there are many things I don’t think I’ll ever get used to.

Like saying goodbye to students at the end of the semester or hearing from their friends that they are suddenly dropping the class and I will never see them again. Hearing the f word tossed around like it’s nothing (because it is nothing to them) or seeing students attempt to cheat. Seeing the wonder on a student’s face when they grasp a new concept for the first time. Or seeing their surprised joy when they correctly answer a question they thought was beyond them. I don’t think I’ll ever stop laughing at the funny mistakes they make and the comical looks on their faces when they realize what they’ve done. At least I hope I don’t.

Sometimes my students utterly exhaust me, and I can’t wait to go home. But other times I find myself thankful that we get to do it all over again tomorrow. Even as I am breathing a sigh of relief at seeing them all lined up at the door, I can smile in all sincerity as I tell them, “See you guys, tomorrow!”

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Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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