Entries by Liz Hutchinson

Reflecting on Transformation

Here in the global offices of TeachBeyond, we spend a lot of time thinking about, discussing, and seeking to find ways to implement practices that will help foster transformational education in the classrooms, schools and communities in which our teachers serve. We are constantly reflecting on how we can support our members to live out […]

Halls of Learning

Wherever I travel I make a point of visiting local campuses, or ‘learning sites.’ My interest in this began many years ago when I had the privilege of shaping the orienting philosophy for the new construction for Ambrose University. One aspect of the planning phase involved a trip to Chicago to study several renown university […]

Engaging in Godly Play

The third grade class, seated in a circle around the Desert Bag, were coming to the end of the Godly Play lesson of “The Ark and the Tent.” Our tent was a reconstructed shoe box, painted gold, with large pieces cut out so that the children could see inside. The items were the ark, a […]

Inhabiting the Christian Story (by Raphael Haeuser)

We teach who we are. As Christians, we should allow the Bible to shape our identity, relationships, priorities, etc. If scripture changes us, then the way we teach should also change. Therefore, we should “aspire to ‘incarnate’ the biblical vision, living it out in the day to day interactions of the classroom.”[1] A helpful way […]

Intellectual Virtues: Changing the Way You Think

Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT) Teachers use a variety of routines in their classrooms to establish […]

Transformed Teachers Bring Transformational Education

“TeachBeyond teachers are ‘born again’ teachers – that is, teachers who themselves have been transformed and filled with God’s Holy Spirit to become empowered for a ministry of transformation.”[1] It wasn’t yet 8:00 a.m., and it had already been a difficult day. So when Levi[2] came to school late and out of dress code—again—I snapped. […]

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. […]