Entries by Liz Hutchinson

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 […]

Exit slips: your ticket to closure

Have you ever found yourself rushing through the last bit of lecture so that you can finish up before the bell rings? Calling out homework assignments as students trickle out the door? Ending in the middle of an activity because the specials teacher is waiting? If you are like most teachers, the answer to these […]

Cultivating our Minds: Active Learning in the Classroom

Not long ago, one of my students declared in frustration, “Grammar is one of those things that you either get or you don’t.” I’ve heard this explanation of learning applied to a number of disciplines—you either understand maths or you don’t; you are good at art, or you aren’t; poetry makes sense, or it doesn’t. […]

Life Jacket: a Documentary about Refugees

A documentary was filmed in July that captures the refugee crisis in Greece from a child’s viewpoint and shows the need for Beyond Borders’ educational programmes in refugee camps. Mrs. Faten AlFaraj, TeachBeyond associate and film producer, spent two weeks in Greece documenting the educational crisis faced by refugee children on the island of Lesvos. […]

Doing Justice

Justice is close to God’s heart, thus making things right in a broken world should be central to our classroom life. Here are five principles from the book of Micah to help us live out justice in our classes. Principle One: See injustice and care. Micah chapters 1-5 explains the mess of the world, and […]

Learning is Fun!

When was the last time you approached life as a learner? Can you remember the feeling of curiosity that drove you to press deeper into some topic, to ask questions that would push past the obvious and help you make connections to other areas of life? For me, this happened last weekend as I watched […]