Each week I usually give my students something about the weekly Torah (Bible) portion to read at the Sabbath Table. Today I decided to have them come up with something on their own. I teach fifth grade and I gave them the topic of Abraham's Ten Tests to write about. I told them it was for them written by them and I made it clear it would not be graded. Everyone in the class was working and writing some amazing ideas. I walked around the room watching and helping as needed. One student, was writing about how the tests got harder, another one wrote why G-D tested Abraham, and so on. The entire class was motivated and engaged. In Judaic Studies sometimes that is a feat in itself that wasn't even the most amazing part. After giving them the allotted time I announced it was time for recess. About half the class sat in their seats and asked me if they can first finish this (ungraded) assignment.
I couldn't believe it!
They made my day.
How great it is to be a teacher and motivate students to learn and instill in them a love of learning
This is why Teaching and the education professions in the greatest profession on earth