Entries by Liz Hosker

Excellent Educational Environments

We are exploring four foundational pillars of what we mean by transformational education this year. A couple of months ago, we talked about step one: Becoming all that God intends. Now for step two: Excellent Educational Environments. As we pursue God’s intentions for each learner, how can we create excellent educational environments that bring transformational […]

Moving Towards an Inclusive Classroom

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. That kid over there says weird stuff. This kid always needs the teacher’s help. The kid in the corner seems to overreact all the time. And that kid flaps his arms when he gets excited. How many times have we thought “My students make fun of the […]

Necessary Evils?

Why did you go into teaching? I can guess that it was not because you like to grade papers, clean your classroom or make phone calls home to parents. In fact, you might say those tasks are necessary evils of our work as teachers. Have you ever stopped to consider how our Christian worldview informs […]

Metaphors for Teaching

Christian educators often talk about Biblical integration. Sometimes the discussion focuses on what we teach: ensuring that content points students towards a love of God and service of others. Sometimes it focuses on who we teach: recognising the image of God in our students and how we can serve them. Other times it focuses on […]

Teaching Beyond

Beth[1] taught a world history class. When she came to the section on Korean history, she realised she was out of her depth. She connected with several of her Korean students and their Korean School teachers. They worked out a joint project where the Korean students taught this material to the rest of the class. […]

TeachBeyond Launch in Northern Ireland

Angela Russell (left) from Ballymena and Emily Henry (right) from Larne have been appointed as TeachBeyond staff representatives in Northern Ireland. Joining them in the photo is Liz Hutchinson (centre), Recruitment and Personnel Manager for the UK. For the last 11 years, Angela, the mum of four, has worked as a classroom assistant in Carniny Primary […]

Transformational Principle 1

Last week I travelled for a few days. While I was gone, Dana transformed an old thrift-store desk into a beautifully restored antique. She worked hard to take it apart, scrub, sand, and paint it. Knowing that I love to put things together, she waited to finish it. When I got home, I spread out […]

Principles of Curriculum Planning

If you’ve never done it before, the very mention of planning your yearly curriculum can be enough to throw you into a panic. However, curriculum planning–whether for a full year or simply a unit–doesn’t need to be scary. Here are a few key principles to keep in mind as you approach planning the curriculum for […]

Teachers as Beauty Creators

Teachers are beauty creators. Creating beauty can mean decorating a room or painting a picture, but it can also mean resolving conflicts so there may be beautiful and harmonious fellowship again. Creating beauty can also mean leading others to become beauty creators by exemplifying what it means to create beauty. God is the original beauty […]

Recognising the Different Ways Boys Learn

Boys and girls are different. They play differently, relate differently, even develop differently. While little girls are practicing their newly found language skills, chattering away to whomever will listen, little boys are busy climbing on things and racing cars—delighting when there is a big crash with a lot of noise. Anyone who has ever worked […]