Entries by Liz Hosker

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 […]

The Gifts of Language Learners

“I missed the bus.” “I spilled my coffee.” “My dog died.” “The weather is bad.” “I fought with my mum.”  “More. What else could be wrong?” My Hungarian teacher urged the class to list more and more things we could complain about when asked “How are you?” by a Hungarian. I trust you not to […]

Supporting Students with Special Needs

The number of students with special needs seems to be growing. There are more students with higher learning needs, deeper emotional struggles, and ongoing medical issues, all of which impact learning. How do we respond to this increase in need: with excitement? stress? concern? hope? Colossians 3:12-13a says, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, […]

Sacred Wounds or Meaningless Suffering

The Epicurean paradox states            If God is omnipotent, omniscient and wholly good, whence evil?            If God wills to prevent evil but cannot, then He is not omnipotent.            If He can prevent evil but does not, then he is not good. […]

The Image of God: Image Reflectors

While this article may seem primarily reflective, it is, in fact, highly practical; our understanding of ourselves and others shapes everything we do and the way we do it. At the heart of all self-understanding is that most practical (and important) of all things: “what comes into our minds when we think about God…”[1]. As […]