Entries by Liz Hutchinson

Transformational Education for 8-year-olds?

In a recent meeting, the directors of TeachBeyond’s Educational Services were challenged to consider what TeachBeyond’s vision[1] and the theory of transformational education might look like in a class of 8-year-olds. We wanted to move from a theoretical discussion to something far more practical. You may teach younger or older children, but the general principles here […]

Maximizing Cooperative Learning in your Classroom

Multiple studies have shown cooperative learning positively impacts student learning[1]. Perhaps this is because part of being made in the image of God is living in community, which includes learning in community. Designing strong cooperative learning activities takes time. It is not enough to put students into groups and assign an activity. Too often, activities […]

An Advent Reflection

I’ve always loved Advent. Every year I look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the epic story of how the Almighty, Creator God chose to limit Himself and step into His creation in order to bring restoration to a world that has lost its lustre. I love the tale of a God so magnanimous and […]

I am in a Professional Learning Community.

“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.” – Robert John Meehan Sometimes as an educator it feels as if the PLC ideal is unattainable. It is a nice thought, but executing a beneficial PLC seems impossible…especially with all of the other […]

Know their story

I sighed inside as normally easy-going Jeremiah acted up for the fifth time that period. His behaviour was out-of-control and he had quickly taken the class with him to the point where no one was paying attention any longer. This was a fourth grade class, and I was a minority among hundreds of African-American students and teachers. […]

Mapping out success through formative assessment

One of my favourite apps for navigation is Waze. This app not only provides step-by-step directions, but also adjusts the path based on current traffic situations. This serves as an excellent analogy for how teachers should use formative assessments in their classroom; they determine the best route needed to insure that students arrive at the […]

On Practice: Get students moving

As a teacher, I spend my days on my feet. I know that my proximity to my students is one of the best tools I have as far as classroom management, on-task behaviour, checking for understanding, and encouraging student questions. Any time there are students in my room, it is rare for me to be […]

New school year at Pag-asa.

School began in August at Pag-asa, here are some words from them- ‘You prayed, we prayed, God abundantly provided and school started with a flag raising ceremony, prayer and happy students. God provided a beautiful  building with amazing landlords. All 40 students are excited and encouraged. Please continue to pray for the students and teachers […]