School In-service

We accept invitations to visit member schools to consult, and teach on a given topic for staff, parents, or students. Some of the topics we have done regularly are as follows:
 
1. BIBLICAL VIEW OF THE CHILD AND ITS IMPLICATIONS TO TEACHING
A biblical approach to teaching begins with the biblical view of the child, and builds its strategies on that foundation. God created man in His own image, yet we have to deal with a sinful nature. How does this influence the teaching-learning process? How can our teaching become a part of God’s plan of salvation?
2. SCORNERS AND MOCKERS – HOW TO DAMPEN THEIR INFLUENCE?
Scorners, as the Bible calls them, are not necessarily the students who struggle at school or who are frequently caught breaking the rules. Yet their negative influence is far greater than their number would suggest. A few of these students could make a huge negative impact even in Christian schools where most of the teachers are strong in the faith and are doing a wonderful job in teaching. How can we identify these powerful students and bring them under control?
3. TEACHING TO THE STYLE: TEACHING AND LEARNING STYLES
God created all of us different. How does that apply to the way we learn? According to the Gregorc Model some perceive concrete information easier while others prefer abstract information. Then some store the perceived information in their memory sequentially while others randomly. What are the implications of these differences on our teaching and learning? In the workshop we will look at some learning style models using a practical approach.
4. CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE
We all use different techniques in the classroom to enhance the teaching/learning environment. Why are some teachers more successful in classroom discipline than others? How can we develop our classroom management skills? What does the Bible teach us on how to discipline children? Proactive and corrective methods of discipline. In this workshop we will discuss several methods and personal skills that we can all make use of.
5. PARENTS’ ROLE IN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL EDUCATION  (for Parents)
God has given parents a specific role in the education of their children. He also has set the ultimate goal for education. School, home and church are the key institutions of education. How does their functionality affect results? How can the Christian School nurture this interrelationship? Helpful practical ideas will be discussed on how to involve parents to make education happen.
6. CHILDREN – THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS AND THE GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY (for Parents)
Children are gifts from God. God has entrusted children to their parents to raise them up. Parents are not the owners of their children but as good stewards, they must provide the best education to their children. This workshop touches on areas that will help you fulfill your job responsibly. The workshop is designed for parents who have their children in a Christian school.
7. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, SPIRITUAL FORMATION  (Presentation for Middle School/HS Teachers / Parents)
Character development will not occur in a young person who is not experiencing spiritual formation in a truly Christian sense. Scripture tells us what a person will look like after he/she has experienced effective spiritual formation. This workshop will address practical issues that a Christian school faces every day, and will offer practical methods that will help the school become more efficient in influencing their children’s character development in a biblical way. The workshop is primarily designed for upper elementary and high school teachers and parents.
8. ASSESSMENT AS PART OF THE LEARNING PROCESS (Special Focus on FORMATIVE Assessment)
What are the most important functions of assessment? Assessment vs. testing and grading. How do we assess our students’ learning progress? Does all test-taking involve stress? Who is responsible for poor test results? During this workshop we are going to look at these and similar questions from a biblical perspective, and offer a Christian approach.
9. SCHOOL CULTURE – CORE VALUES IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
What are the core values that determine our school culture? Why do we need them? What do we do with the school core values in practice? How do our personal core values influence the school culture? This workshop will address these questions and look at some of the guiding principles in this area.
10. HOW TO MOTIVATE OUR STUDENTS?
Keeping our students motivated in the classroom is the #1 responsibility of the teacher who wants to be effective in his/her role. How can Christian teachers maintain a healthy level of motivation in their students in order to reach their potential in their subject?
11. SHINING ALWAYS – IS IT POSSIBLE?  (WORKSHOP OR DEVOTIONAL for Teachers)
We as Christian teachers are to be the light to our students in all circumstances. Is it possible to be always shining even when we might be going through rough times? Does your teaching reflect your personal walk with Jesus? During this workshop we will look at some of the reasons why our light could go dim, and what we can do to maintain our shining the light of Jesus.
12. WISDOM AND/OR KNOWLEDGE (Presentation OR DEVOTIONAL for Middle School/HS Students)
How much wisdom do you have? How do you make choices? Whose counsel do you seek when you need help? Is it possible to grow in wisdom? We will look at these questions and others to develop a biblical view and understanding of wisdom that will guide our decision making.
13. JESUS' MOST DIFFICULT STUDENT  (Workshop or Devotional)
In the Bible we find that Jesus also had difficult students, yet He never gave up on them. In fact, his most difficult student became one of the most determined and committed evangelists that ever lived. How did Jesus handle this student, and how did this student succeed? We will look at the teaching techniques of Jesus that worked with this student and see whether we also need to adjust our teaching to better meet our students’ needs.
14. RELATIONSHIPS IN THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL  (Workshop)
We see an historical contrast in the ways teachers relate to their students. At times it is beneficial for the teacher to be a model, a mentor or a guide. At other times it is beneficial for the teacher to be an academic communicator or instructor with superior knowledge. Which role is the correct role for the teacher and is there a biblical model which helps us understand our role more clearly as Christian teachers?
15. WORK OR MISSION - WHAT IS TEACHING?  (Workshop or Devotional)
What are our priorities as teachers and how do those priorties impact what we teach and how we teach? Often our students receive a mixed message from our teaching which may seriously impair their learning. We need to understand our calling as Christian teachers and then adjust our life and teaching methods to live out that calling in the classroom.
16. DEVELOPING RESPECT IN STUDENTS
Respect for others, for authority and even for self are important for in character development in each of us. The teacher's clear understanding of respect is a key to the student's understanding of respect. Teachers have 3 relational roles which help to build respect and positive relationships with their students.
17. BIBLICAL CREATION AND EARLY EDUCATION
In the biblical creation account we find a beautiful pattern of God setting up an organizational structure and then filling that space with wonderful variety and life. This model is useful for early child educators as we develop the foundations for how our students learn. We also find that God has given each of us tools to use and to build upon the foundation He has established for quality learning experiences.
18. BIBLICAL INTEGRATION MODELS AND IDEAS
As teachers, we are always concerned about the details of what our students learn but they also need to know why those details are important. Biblical integration is a process of seeing the big picture of Truth and always asking how those details fit into the big picture. If all truth is God's Truth, then every subject area has specific ways to help us understand God and understand His creation. This allows us to bring the details of learning together into a unified whole with meaning and beauty.
 
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