Sitka Adventist School Kids Describe Their Year
A few days ago, I tasked my students with writing a news article to tell what has been happening in our class lately. My little cherubs jumped right in, pencil in hand, to eagerly complete their assignment. I told them that they could reference any activity throughout the school year that had stood out to them as particularly “sweet.” I wrote one too!
Who: My class and I
What: New Bible curriculum
When: This whole school year! 2018–2019
Where: Sitka, Alaska
Why: When I was trained in this new Bible curriculum, I liked how it emphasized a relationship with Jesus for the students to “encounter” Christ.
How: I attended a training to learn how to teach it and then brought back that info to my classroom and launched the new Bible curriculum in school year 2018–2019.
Russell, eighth grade
What: Science Center
When: Three to four weeks ago
Where: Sitka, Alaska
Why: Because it’s educational and really fun.
How: We did a scavenger hunt at the science center and then went to the park.
Juanita, seventh grade
What: Hames Center visit
When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Where: Sitka, Alaska, Hames Center
Why: Raining every day and we wanted to do something fun.
How: A parent [who] came and Mrs. McCutcheon drove their cars filled with children. When we got there we played different games on our own.
Games We Played:
- Mat-Kart (invented game);
- Maze Run (also an invented game);
- Many other different things.
Tristen, seventh grade
What: Beach time
When: Over the school year
Where: In front of our school in Sitka, Alaska, we have a beach.
Why: Because it is very fun to find cool stuff.
How: Going on the beach and just looking and climbing rocks and looking under rocks.
Lilly, fifth grade
What: When the class got all new Bibles.
When: March 18, 2019 (yesterday)
Where: Sitka, Alaska, school
Why: Because Mrs. McCutcheon is kind and awesome.
How: She bought them.
You may notice that there aren’t too many adjectives in this article. That is because I chose to leave my students’ words as original as possible without fixing niggling grammatical errors. Matt. 18:3 states that “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Maybe it is a child’s basic directness that Jesus coveted for us (sometimes) nuanced, complicated adults.