The goal of teaching should be to create beauty; this is a role that goes beyond a set of rules or a list of words or calculations.
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From a young age Elise began to love and serve the Lord, but as she got older she found herself struggling with the reality of God’s grace. What does it really look like? How does God’s grace apply to me?
A petite teenager with a ready smile, Elise is caring, self-disciplined, and ministry-minded. Although she was excelling in academics as well as in music and athletics, by the end of her tenth grade year she found herself worn out. Serving, succeeding, and maintaining spiritual disciplines had become a way to prove to God, herself, and others that she took her faith seriously. Yet, these things took a toll on Elise as she began to realize she was stuck in a fear trap, afraid of not doing or being enough.
When I came here, I thought my job would be best equated with a youth pastor, but I’ve learned since that it’s much more related to parenting than pastoring.
Language skills can fade with time, but if we can help students cultivate a welcoming heart of love for the stranger, it will have a lifelong impact.
If it looks like the missionary children’s school is winding down, it’s not at all. It’s changing, and we’re seeing different kinds of missionary children’s schools emerging that are actually better than they’ve ever been.
As Christian teachers, we’ve thought carefully about how biblical worldview shapes our interactions with our students and colleagues. But we may not have thought about how our Christian faith speaks specifically to language teaching and learning.
It makes this father, a refugee on the island of Lesvos, happy that his children can come and learn in a safe place, and he is very, very grateful.
It’s very possible the training you already have, the gifts you already have, the passions that God has already put inside you, already are lining up with needs around the world.
The number of students with special needs seems to be growing. So what are we to do in our classrooms? How do we effectively address this growing need?
Is there a role that we can take as transformational educators to prepare our students with a theology of suffering? Could we be more intentional in how we prepare our learners for suffering?
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