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Leading Students Spiritually

Hopefully I don’t lose credibility with what I’m about to admit, but here it is: I cannot properly pack away my tent after camping. Whenever I try to put it back into the storage bag, it never fits right. I’m not sure if the case has shrunk or the tent has grown, but I do […]

Frustration, Transformation, and Holiness

Both demonstrate the work of a BioSand water filter, invented by David Manz in the early 1990’s. Since then, these simple, durable filters have been used all around the world for water purification. The glass on the left is what the water at the top of the filter looks like; the glass on the right […]

Transformational Education from a Distance

Lesson plans shape how your students learn, and while sliced up differently, the approaches to planning are often similar. For years, a favourite approach of mine was this: Students: Know your learners. Consider previous learning, abilities, disabilities, culture, attitudes, etc. Outcomes: What are you trying to have the learner know (cognitive), feel (affective), and do […]

A Step towards Biblical Integration

Transformational education – from a Christian perspective. Isn’t that what we’re about in TeachBeyond? Seeing God work through education to transform individuals and societies to be what He designed them to be? Absolutely! Part of that “Christian perspective” on transformational education is teaching from a biblical worldview and helping our students develop such a worldview. […]

Long Term Curriculum Planning

11 November 2020 Planning is very important to learners’ developing and growing in the knowledge and skills they need. An effective teacher thoughtfully plans lessons ahead of instruction, defining goals and objectives, and developing engaging learning activities. Yet lesson plans only are one type of planning. They look at the short-term. Let’s not forget about […]

Planning for Student Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

For many years, educators have been testing the waters of technological integration and teaching. The 2020 pandemic has accelerated this process. Like it or not, students and teachers now find themselves swimming in the ocean of virtual learning[1]—surrounded by hundreds of apps and online tools that promise to be the way of the future. Even […]

In Touch with the Field

With the COVID pandemic cancelling some of the big mobilisation events, the TeachBeyond UK team organised ‘In Touch’ on 10 September, to bring together supporters, churches, and Christian teachers to know more about TeachBeyond and what it looks like to work overseas. “We were asking some of our members to create videos to connect with […]

The Importance of Healthy Teacher/Student Relationships

How can we help our students to learn? According to educational research, two of the strongest factors in student learning relate back to the teacher/student relationship. This shouldn’t surprise us, since we know that we are created as relational beings in the image of a relational God. According to researcher John Hattie, healthy teacher/student relationships […]

Digging Deeper: What Have We Learned from this Year?

What a year this has been! My guess is that when you started school you didn’t foresee weeks of school closures, a global pandemic, the evacuation of friends and students, disrupted patterns of teaching and learning, riots in the streets, or distributing food to the needy in your community. And yet, while we might have […]