I'm Still Nervous When I Walk Into The Classroom
Written By: Robert Batch
Do you remember the first day of a new job? Maybe you had sweaty palms....butterflies in the stomach....the jitters from staying up all night and drinking too much coffee. I remember it clearly when I first stepped foot into a classroom and found myself in front of a room full of high school seniors to teach them Religion. I remember vividly the rapid progression of thoughts going through my mind, trying to think of what I was going to say, what they were going to think. I took a deep breath and here I am three years later...still feeling the same way each day. You may ask why this is. I have three very simple reasons.
1) A Great Responsibility
I have learned as a teacher, especially in a Religion class, that I have a great and very important responsibility. This responsibility is: to get my students prepared for and into heaven. Yes, heaven. The Salvation of Souls. Not only to get them into heaven but also to learn how to love authentically. This is a great responsibility given to us.
2) To Engage A Disengaged Culture
Let's be honest...it is religion class. For the students, this class is often just a "mental break", or an "Easy A". This mindset is a difficult one to face, and to tackle. To engage this culture is a priority. How? With love and authenticity. We cannot expect students to engage in a classroom where they are not respected or cared for. We as teachers need to engage not only their minds and their mental abilities but also their hearts.
3) I Love My Students
Yes, I said it...I love them. I care for them and want the best for them. Each and every day I want to be sure that in the end I have engaged them and have gotten them one step closer to heaven. If I do that each and every day I can breathe at the end of the day and knowing that I have gotten another day under my belt, and look forward to doing it over again the next day.
Robert Batch holds a degree in Communications with a Minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theology online through Franciscan. He has a passion for speaking, lecturing, and teaching about the faith. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife Amanda