Entries by Becky Hunsberger

Integrity: Teaching Via Example

As teachers, our influence extends far beyond our handling of the taught curriculum. In fact, often the most enduring impact that we make comes from the hidden curriculum that we model on a daily basis. This hidden curriculum is made up of our values and the way we act on them. It is here that […]

End of the Year Reflections

Here in the global offices of TeachBeyond, we spend a lot of time thinking about, discussing, and seeking to find ways to implement practices that will help foster transformational education in the classrooms, schools and communities in which our teachers serve. We are constantly reflecting on how we can support our members as they live […]

Building a Slideshow with Student Learning in Mind

Have you ever used a PowerPoint, Prezi, or other slideshow presentation in your classroom? Chances are that the answer is yes—particularly if you teach upper level subjects which are heavy on content. In theory, slide shows are a great instructional tool. Unfortunately, in practice, many slide presentations can actually work against student engagement[1]. To avoid […]

Transformed Teachers Transform Students

“TeachBeyond teachers are ‘born again’ teachers – that is, teachers who themselves have been transformed and filled with God’s Holy Spirit to become empowered for a ministry of transformation.”[1] It wasn’t yet 8 a.m., and it had already been a difficult day. So when Levi[2] came to school late and out of dress code—again—I snapped. […]

You Should be Taking Notes on This

As teachers, we often give verbal clues in class to encourage students to record the information that we deem important. Unfortunately, rather than listening carefully to the information presented, actively synthesizing this information, and recording the key concepts and ideas along with unfamiliar terminology, students often simply try to write down everything they hear. Far […]

Finding Educational Resources Online

When you moved overseas you left behind your store of resources and now you need ideas for your classroom. Where do you go? We are fortunate to live in the digital age, and most of us have access to that wonderful resource of all resources—the internet. But where do you even start in your quest […]

Following Jesus’ Example

What is the difference between a Christian teacher and a secular teacher? Is it just that we tell the children stories from the Bible and pray with them? Or should it be reflected in the way that we do things and the way that we teach? How did Jesus and the rest of the godly […]