From a teacher in Africa: Zee simply blesses you with her presence. She entered second grade shy, somewhat reserved, and very compliant. Over the last several weeks, though, she has blossomed into a child that exudes a contagious joy. She grew up in an orphanage, but now is a foster child living with one of the […]
What makes teaching effective? How do we prepare the learning “soil” for instruction that sticks in the classroom? Traditionally, classrooms have followed a historic model of teaching involving teacher-centered instruction or lecture. Questioning for comprehension by the teacher, practice on the skill independently to solidify the concept by the student, and a homework assignment to […]
From a teacher in West Africa: A group of us foreign teachers played a soccer match against some of our school’s national staff. The majority of our national workers are from a Muslim background, so it was an awesome time to show unity and God’s love. What an opportunity to begin making friends. Along […]
We so enjoyed our time of training with our teachers this morning. Seeing how they were taking it all in, laughing with each other, and asking important questions—in addition to their desire to learn—was more than we anticipated.
I wrote their prayer requests next to their name, and asked them the following week if their prayer had been answered. Most of the time they have been!
From a teacher in Asia: The long-time desire of my heart has been to work with orphans and needy children, so imagine my delight when I was invited to visit an orphanage near our city. Unfortunately, the day before I was to go the trip was cancelled. I was so disappointed. On further reflection, I realized I […]
In previous OnPractice posts, we’ve discussed the importance of asking questions in the classroom. This week’s post, adapted from Michael Essenberg’s curriculum Connect God’s World and Word, discusses the important role that questioning can have in helping students connect what they are learning to the larger story of God and His work in the world. […]
If teachers are being transformed by their understanding of God and His purposes, they will have a transforming impact on their students. As they look at what they teach from the radically different perspective revealed in the Bible, their excitement about the meaning and purpose of “common” things will be contagious. Their thankful spirit will […]
In a perfect world, all of our classes would be comprised of students with similar abilities. However, we don’t live in a perfect world. One of the questions I am asked most frequently when I am observing or coaching in our TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) program is: How do I teach to […]
In Christian education, we want our students to connect God’s world and Word. What is the likelihood your students will get better at making connections if they don’t think making connections is important, don’t receive instruction on making connections, don’t have time to reflect, don’t get practice, and don’t get feedback? Actually, it’s not that […]