Instructions

Please familiarize yourself with these instructions before proceeding with the lesson.

Lesson 3 Preparation

Preview

A Tale of Two Classrooms

Classroom 1. Students in Mrs. Moore’s class listened as she told about the many different ways in which pollution has impacted their city. A few students took notes. Next, students read a short article on pollution and answered questions on a worksheet. When completed, students exchanged papers and graded the responses of their classmates based on the answers provided by the teacher.

Classroom 2. Students in Mrs. Myers’ sixth-grade class used an advanced organizer (listening guide) to follow an introductory lecture on the problems of pollution. Students then worked together in small, cooperative groups to research and report on the effects of pollution in their city. Each group was assigned a different aspect of the problem to investigate and each student had responsibilities to fulfill. Mrs. Myers moved from group to group, asking questions and making suggestions. As students presented their findings and offered suggestions for action, classmates asked questions and interacted with the student “experts” while Mrs. Myers filled in and corrected content when necessary.

Although God is not mentioned in the these two stories, one classroom more closely reflects a biblical view of the role of the teacher and demonstrates an approach to teaching that honors the image of God in the student. In this lesson, we will carefully read a short book that provides a glimpse into the life and practices within a God-centered school that is guided by biblical principles. Why we teach, what we teach, and how we teach should be impacted by what we believe about God and about His creation. In particular, implications arising from what we believe about the crown of His creation—human beings made in the image of God—will be discussed.

Objectives

In this lesson you will:

  1. Examine and reflect on the implications of a biblical worldview on the mission and practices of Christian schools.

  2. Apply the biblical view of a leader as prophet, priest, and king to the role of a teacher.

  3. Examine the biblical view of the learner as made in the image of God and reflect on the implications for classroom strategies.

Essential Questions

Consider the following questions as you complete lesson 3:

Applying the Scripture:

  1. What is the mission of the Christian school?

  2. What is my role as teacher?

  3. Who are my students and how can I help them learn?

Required Reading Book and Articles

Kaufmann, S. (2009). First the foundation! A primer for Christian school education, Budapest, Hungary: ACSI Europe Region