I started writing this blog from the Youth Hostel (like a hotel) in Chicago where my 7th grade students were staying for the night. I was the lead teacher/chaperone. I woke up early, so I thought I would start on this blog post.
Every year the 7th graders take a two-day trip from Grand Rapids, MI to Chicago to visit the local attractions. We see many other schools from the local states visiting the places too. What makes the trip that my students go on any different than the ones the other public or charter school students are taking?
Yesterday, we started off the day with my principal leading devotions. The line that stuck out the most was “You will see many things on the trip that God has made, but the most spectacular thing will be the student who is sitting next to you on the bus.”
We left in time to arrive at the opening of the Brookfield zoo. We saw all kinds of animals: bears, reptiles, birds, seals, and dolphins. From the zoo, we went to the National Museum of Mexican Art. It was amazing to view the creativity of the artists.
Next, our group went to Navy Pier to eat dinner, go on the big Ferris Wheel, or just watch the boats on Lake Michigan. The lake is so beautiful to watch from the pier.
We left Navy Pier and went to the John Hancock Observatory, which is on the 94th floor of the building. As a group, we watched the sunset and the lights of Chicago go on. Even though I have seen it many times, I am still amazed at the vastness of the big city.
Next we traveled to where we stayed for the night at the Youth Hostel. This evening devotions were delivered by one my colleagues at The Potter’s House. She gave us the message of “light.” She asked the students about what kinds of light did they saw on the trip. She reminded the students that “we are light of the world.” She went on to explain the Bible verse and how it relates to the “light” we saw on the trip.
After a good night sleep and breakfast, we met in a meeting room in the Youth Hostel for devotions. An adult chaperone led the devotions this morning. His topic was on “seeing,” and how God gives us the ability to see. The students were to visualize those things on the trip so far that we have seen. He said that God reveals himself to us. The students soaked in his message and the Word of God that He had planned for them.
Now I am writing the final part of the post as we are at the Field Museum. There are large sections devoted to evolution. On Monday I will get the opportunity to talk to my students about it. The museum has the largest T-Rex ever discovered. The bones are over 90% complete. It is amazing that the sheer size of the animal. I look forward to engaging my students with making the connections with this dinosaur and the Creator of it all!
In this blog series, we have been discussing the “7 must haves” in your Christ-centered worldview. The sixth one is you must have a passion for Christian education. When you are teaching, are you connecting the subject matter to God’s Word? It is not a tacked on faith, but rather interweaving God’s Word into what you are teaching.
My hope is that my 7th graders have a better understanding of God’s Word though this trip. I also want them to realize the role that God has for them in their lives which is make the world a better place. If they do, then this trip is different than most of the schools that we have met.