Time for Review

In many school settings, the end of December and/or beginning of January are characterized by a review of the learning that has been done throughout the semester. There are many fun ways to review material ranging from simple to complex in nature. Here are some suggestions for review games and resources that can be adapted […]


Taking Transformation Seriously

Book Feature Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning. David I. Smith, James K. A. Smith, eds.  New York: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers, 2011. What would happen if educators decided to allow Christian practices to shape the way they approached classroom pedagogy? That is the premise of a collection of essays, Teaching and Christian […]


The Great Debate

As teachers, we desire more for our students than to simply move through the curriculum.  We want to instill in our students the skills necessary to engage real world issues with discernment.  We hope to impart critical thinking skills that will allow our students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the information and ideas that they […]


Assessing Redemptively

Evaluation, grading, and assessment are an integral part of our vocation as teachers. So much of what we do revolves around, or is influenced by, our assessment and evaluation practices. I that it makes sense for us to examine these practices in light of a Biblical view of teaching and learning. In their book, A […]


Questioning

“There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” Really? Teachers often say this familiar line as a way to invite their students to ask whatever is on their mind – which, as we all know, can be a minefield. However, our focus in this On Practice is not on student questions, but on teacher-directed questions. As teachers, […]


Developing Community

I’ve been thinking a lot about community lately. It’s something we all need — something for which we were created. It’s one of the many ways we reflect the image of our Creator. As John Donne said, “No man is an island unto himself.” And yet, as one of my mentors told me years ago, […]


Idea Sharing and Wait Time

Sharing Ideas and Resources As a TeachBeyond community, we all have access to different educational ideas and resources, but we really haven’t had an effective forum to share them with each other. We’d like to change that. I’m not sure how this will eventually look, but while we’re exploring our options, I’d like to open […]


In the Image of God

As we prepare for another school year, it is good to remember that our students are individuals created in the image of God. In his book, Teaching Redemptively, Donovan Graham outlines six characteristics of God that are reflected in the lives of students.  According to Graham, learners who reflect God are: active and purposeful rational […]


Classroom Set-Up

The way you set up your classroom tells a lot about you as a teacher. The placement of desks and tables and types of instructional displays (or lack thereof) can set the stage for how you plan on interacting with the students. As you move into your classroom, keep the following questions in mind: Does […]