I’m on a roll with the prayers:
Dear God –
Please help us understand that teaching is not a competition, and that whether or not our students achieve high test scores does not reflect on our value and our worth as teachers.
Help us keep in mind that, seen through your eyes (the only eyes that count), our real value has little to do with what we achieve as teachers, but rather lies firmly in our just being there with our students in a loving way no matter what we achieve together.
We ask you, the Eternal Jokester, this question – who’s kidding whom, right? The joke being that we can’t teach our students a language because of the massive amount of time required compared to the amount of actual classroom time we have. Help us always remember that we can’t even scratch the surface toward fluency.