First, from the booklet, Deep Progress in Mathematics:
All students have the right to, and are capable of, full engagement with the subject [of mathematics]. Outstanding features of mathematics which make it interesting, and which make learning easier, are __________....
Secondly, from The Prayer that Changes Everything, by Stormie Omartian:
My desperate plea was that I would never lose the most valuable thing in my life. I can't imagine anything more terrible that to live life again without ________. ___________ is the most wonderful of all the gifts the Lord gives us.
First, I was reading about deep progress in maths and was surprised that the authors were about to tell me what it is about maths that makes it accessible to low-ability learners. I was expecting something about its use in everyday life; that's certainly what the curriculum harps on about at the moment. But instead I was offered a much deeper idea. The quotation finishes this way:
Outstanding features of mathematics which make it interesting, and which make learning easier, are the inter-connections between different topics and representations, and the relationships between and within mathematical structures.
So there is something about maths that I love that is also something that can make it appealing to learners and even ones who struggle with maths. So part of my job is to bring these connections to the fore and help young people discover, or at least, see and appreciate them for themselves.
Secondly, I've been reading (off and on) this book about praising God by Stormie Omartian. It has 45 short chapters about reasons and times to praise God. I knew the ending to the sentence above because of the chapter I was reading, but I was still a little surprised! The quotation finishes like this:
I can't imagine anything more terrible that to live life again without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the most wonderful of all the gifts the Lord gives us.
I have recently been asking the Spirit to guide me more often. And to prompt me to follow through. I am so excited that I have started being more obedient to the Spirit, and so he is starting to lead me more. So today I was praising God for his most vital gift of the Holy Spirit. And asking him to continue to lead me and help me follow.