Entries by Becky Hunsberger

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 […]

Making Connections through Graphic Organizers

As teachers, we are always looking for instructional tools that can positively impact student engagement and comprehension across all grade levels and subject areas. One such tool is the graphic organizer[1]. Designed to help students visualize the relationships among ideas and concepts, graphic organizers can “offer an entry point into complex material…increase comprehension and retention, […]

Abiding in the Vine

Whether we teach in an overtly Christian environment, a creative access environment, or somewhere in between, the reality is that our teaching can only reflect Kingdom life and principles to the extent that our own personal lives are grounded in Christ. If we are not taking the time and care to nurture our own walk […]

Maximizing Cooperative Learning in your Classroom

Multiple studies have shown cooperative learning positively impacts student learning[1]. Perhaps this is because part of being made in the image of God is living in community, which includes learning in community. Designing strong cooperative learning activities takes time. It is not enough to put students into groups and assign an activity. Too often, activities […]

Advent Reflection

I’ve always loved Advent. Every year I look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the epic story of how the Almighty, Creator God chose to limit Himself and step into His creation in order to bring restoration to a world that has lost its luster. I love the tale of a God so magnanimous and […]

Laying a Firm Foundation

Over the past month, my church has been studying Romans 1:18-2:5. As we have examined this passage, it has been a sobering reminder to me of why our job as Christian educators is so important. No matter what our cultural context, we are surrounded by a world that is operating on the philosophical assumption that […]