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Confessions of a Stressed-Out Teacher

I took a break from my teaching at one point to pursue further studies. While studying, I worked part-time as a waiter. I missed many things about the teaching environment: interacting with colleagues, watching students learn, preparing for class, and sometimes even grading. Yet, there was one thing I did not miss at all: I […]

Loving Students through Transition

Transitions are a regular part of life for everyone: changing grades at the end of each year, moving houses, or having a pet die. However, they are more regular and significant for children who are living cross-culturally (or in their own culture but with people from other cultures). The sheer number of changes can be […]

Your own Exclusive Screening of Life Jacket

In recognition of World Refuge Day on June 20, Beyond Borders invites and encourages you to organize an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary Life Jacket, at your church or other community of believers. The film powerfully portrays the plight of refugees who have sought asylum on Lesvos, Greece. Beyond Borders members will help you […]

Supporting English Language Learners Online

Transitioning to online lessons has been hard for all students and teachers, but even more so for ESL students. They don’t always have the language to express their needs, and now there is even more distance and disconnect between them and their teachers. Fortunately, there are ways you can support your ESL students and close […]

The Impact of Content-Based Interdisciplinary Units

(Note: This article is a sequel to our last article. Click here to read that one.) The planning involved in creating concept-based interdisciplinary units is intense, so why would you bother? It may sound great in theory, but in practice, is it actually worth the work? This is a question I have asked myself on […]

Content-Based Interdisciplinary Units

Students learn better in context, and they take what they are learning more seriously when they can clearly see the value in the skill you are teaching. One way to help students value individual skills is to connect them to real-life experiences, problems, or topics. While concept-based learning is not a new strategy, it is […]

The Transformation Solution

I was interested to see an announcement from the Canadian government that they were initiating a transformation contest.[1] Applicants are to submit a practical proposal to transform society by creating a significant positive change.  Perhaps TeachBeyond should enter. Grants are available…it is the government after all. If I were to enter this competition, my project […]

Leading Students Spiritually

Hopefully I don’t lose credibility with what I’m about to admit, but here it is: I cannot properly pack away my tent after camping. Whenever I try to put it back into the storage bag, it never fits right. I’m not sure if the case has shrunk or the tent has grown, but I do […]