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 […]