I took a Probability and Statistics course at Lyon College in my undergraduate work, and a Statistics course in my graduate work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, but I've never taught the course. The course isn't offered at the high school where I teach, and there are no plans to offer it in the future (though it could come to pass someday.) It just so happens though, that I attended an Advanced Placement workshop this summer on teaching the AP Statistics course, and that workshop is going to prove invaluable as I enter the world of part-time teaching at the college level.
"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." ~ Proverbs 16:9
When I told the instructor and the other attendees at the workshop I didn't teach the course and that it wasn't offered at our school, most were slightly confused why I would spend four days during the summer learning how to teach it. I had my reasons, mainly because I had attended the AP Calculus workshop last year, and the AP training workshops have always been the best professional development I've seen. The state of Arkansas requires public school teachers to get 60 hours of PD every year, and taking this course knocked out 30 of those in one week. Plus, I figured I'd certainly take something away from the workshop that I could apply in one of the courses I do teach. Still, I had no idea an opportunity to teach the subject would arise in the near future.
We had a great instructor at the workshop and I learned a lot, and freshened up on quite a bit more. It was four days of activities to use teaching Stat and really focusing on understanding the concepts taught in the course. Like I expected, we were shown some cool software and websites that I figured I could use in my high school classes too. So I got out of it what I wanted when I signed up, but the Lord had bigger plans for me all along.
I mentioned at one point in the workshop that I'd been looking for adjunct opportunities all summer, and had no luck. It just so happened one of the other teachers in attendance was a Pulaski Tech adjunct and he informed me they had just opened up several adjunct positions and were in great need. So I applied.
I figured I would be teaching College Algebra or remedial math courses, and had no problem at all with that. But when the email came from the math chair, I was informed the only class they had open in the evenings that fit my schedule was a Probability and Statistics class.
Coincidence? I think not.
It's happened in the past, but this was just one more instance in my life when God showed me He is in total control. He has plans for me that I am unable to anticipate. And He puts opportunities in my path to prepare me for those plans, even when I don't realize it.
I've heard it said that God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. So step out in faith when you feel called to do something. Even if you can't see how it will immediately benefit you, seize every opportunity God offers to improve yourself. God has a plan that we often can't see. Our responsibility is to answer the call and trust Him to give us what we need to accomplish it.
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