Entries by Becky Hunsberger

A Magic Question?

Teaching is hard work. There is no such thing as a magic pill that can suddenly remove all obstacles and help students to easily and fluidly begin to acquire and retain information. If someone were to invent this, he or she would make a fortune! (And given that it is February—the longest month of the […]

Sowing the Seeds for Transformation

As we teach our students, what is the thing that will make the most transformative difference in their lives? Will it be the spiritual formation classes which we’ve labored so hard to make relevant and practical? The opportunities to serve others in their school and greater community? The influence of godly teachers and school staff? […]

Knowing Your Destination

I travel a lot. As a result I have gotten pretty good at navigating through airports. I know all the tricks—how to pack so that I can whip out my electronics and liquids at security, how to dress so that I don’t freeze in the waiting areas or on the plane, where to wait to […]

A Different Kind of Engagement

At the core of what we do in the classroom is the desire to love our students and point them towards Jesus. This looks different for each of us depending on the subjects we teach, the age of our students, the context of our service. One thing that remains the same, however, is this Biblical […]

Metaphors for Teaching

Christian educators often talk about biblical integration. Sometimes the discussion focuses on what we teach: ensuring that content points students towards a love of God and service of others. Sometimes it focuses on who we teach: recognizing the image of God in our students and how we can serve them. Other times it focuses on […]

Teaching Beyond

Beth[1] taught a world history class. When she came to the section on Korean history, she realized she was out of her depth. She connected with several of her Korean students and their Korean School teachers. They worked out a joint project where the Korean students taught this material to the rest of the class. […]

We Pursue Transformation

The first of four TeachBeyond principles for Transformational Education helps us know where to go and how to get there: “We pursue transformation which aligns with God’s creative design while trusting the Spirit for complete transformation into the image of Christ.”

Creating a Yearly Curriculum Guide

This edition of OnPractice may seem a bit counter-intuitive: why publish an article about creating a yearly curriculum guide at the end of the academic year? If you haven’t yet developed this document for the classes you teach, the end of the year is precisely the best (or at least the easiest) time to construct […]

Recognizing the Different Ways Boys Learn

Boys and girls are different. They play differently, relate differently, even develop differently. While little girls are practicing their newly found language skills, chattering away to whomever will listen, little boys are busy climbing on things and racing cars—delighting when there is a big crash with a lot of noise. Anyone who has ever worked […]