Entries by Liz Hutchinson

Teaching Through Play

What’s a child’s favourite thing to do? PLAY! Here are four questions I ask myself while planning activities that use play to teach in early childhood classes. They can be easily adjusted for use with older children as well. Open or closed activity? When planning an activity in the classroom, I always ask myself if […]

Transformational Perspectives: Scriptural Underpinnings of Transformational Education with a Christian Worldview

For the Christian educator, be that person a teacher or leader, the primary goal of teaching and learning is to present everyone mature in Christ[1]. Christian education fosters maturity in Christ, preparing students for both life beyond school and eternity, for honouring and glorifying God. The first Scriptural underpinning for this is the Great Commission. […]

Connecting with Coaches

“What do you think heaven is like? Do you think we will get bored?” Many questions peppered my sixth grade Bible lessons. While we couldn’t stop to discuss every one, how could I ignore my students’ curiosity about the Word? Because of this, I had each student conduct a research project based on a self-selected […]

Bearing with the Failings of the Weak

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbour for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:1-2   As teachers, we have all seen them: the compliant, dutiful student who loves to follow rules and get […]

Teaching Content to Language Learners Creating order in (what feels like) chaos!

  Teaching content to a classroom with diverse language proficiencies can feel overwhelming. We feel the pressure for our language learners (ELs) to gain more vocabulary, increase their linguistic complexity, and eliminate errors – all while they learn the class material! Here is some background information that will help you implement Jessica Weaver’s suggestions from […]

Developing a Sticky Faith

One of the books that has significantly influenced the way that I think about Christian education is Sticky Faith by Dr. Kara Powell and Dr. Chap Clark. The book is based on a longitudinal research project asking: why are so many young people—who would claim an active Christian faith position when they leave high school–unable […]

“You should be taking notes on this”.

As teachers, we often give verbal clues in class to encourage students to record the information that we deem important. Unfortunately, rather than listening carefully to the information presented, actively synthesizing this information, and recording the key concepts and ideas along with unfamiliar terminology, students often simply try to record everything they hear. Instead of […]

Transformational Perspectives

TeachBeyond is registered in fifteen nations around the world. We serve in nearly fifty countries, and partner with over sixty other ministries. Our members represent a number of different nationalities, languages, and cultures. And while we all share the vision of providing education as an effective catalyst to bring hope to individuals and positive transformation […]