First of all, he must convince the students that they are capable of doing great things. A good teacher must encourage his students in all that he does as well as motivate them to positive change. All students are valuable in the eyes of God and must be valued by the good teacher. The students in your classroom are all talented and you must teach them to develop those talents. A good teacher will constantly tell the students that they can understand the material and do all that he can to help them understand it. The best example that a teacher can use for explaining that students are talented and can do it is his own personal example. Continue reading
I spent the weekend at a Bible study seminar with many of the members of our church, Good News. Our senior pastor, Vasile Filat, taught the overview of the book of Ephesians. It is a relevant letter for all time. There were so many applicable truths that each and every person on the planet needs to know. We began Friday night and worked until Sunday afternoon. About 50 of our church members were there. While we were there, we evaluated the ministries of the church and planned activities over the next 6 months or so. I would like to present some of the results of my department, education. Continue reading
Today I am preparing to teach at the youth group tonight. We are beginning our weekly meetings after a summer break. It was an active summer where many of the students were involved in many different ministry activities. Since school has begun and there are many freshmen who are lost on campus, I would like to encourage them to be successful students and show them how, from a Biblical perspective. That is why this article is 6 characteristics of a successful student. Continue reading
This summer, we have planned to lead 10 day camps in 5 weeks. If you do the math, that means 2 per week. Our desire is to reach close to 1,000 kids with the Gospel over the next 5 weeks. We have 2 teams going out per week. Most of the camps will be in villages. I will be leading one in the city next week. Three of the ten camps will be baseball/softball camps so please pray that God will hold off the rain over the next 3 weeks. I am excited about teaching God and baseball to the next generation. Please pray for us, our teams, and the children who will hear the Gospel. We have already had threats from the Mayor of one of the villages. We know that God is in control and will work all things for our good. Please pray for the Mayor of the village of Bacioi. Continue reading
With my last article, I wrote about being a great teacher and now I want to look at the other side of the coin, which is, being a great student. The best teachers become great teachers by first being great students. Unfortunately, the motto for our modern era has become “do as I say and not as I do”. We want people to learn from our theory but we do not want to be held to the same standards. That is not good because God teaches us to live what we speak and speak what we live. Hypocrisy and God have nothing in common other than the fact that God recognizes hypocrisy and condemns it. So, if we want to become great teachers, we first must become great students. The beauty of the Word of God is that It teaches us how to be great students and develop into great teachers. Continue reading
I would like to write about being a great teacher. I am always interested in the subject of good teaching and great teachers since I, myself, am a teacher and have been teaching for about 10 years now. It has been a great journey and I think that I have been impacted personally way more than I have impacted others. It is a blessing from the Lord to be able to teach. In fact, I would like to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and how He was and is the greatest teacher this world has ever known. He was a common man (even though He was God in the flesh) born to a common family yet He developed into the greatest teacher ever. I would like to focus on the essence of His teachings to see how I and other teachers as well, can have some of the success that He had, some 2,000 years ago. His teachings have been successful for the past 2 millennia. He has had a lasting impact and that is the goal of every teacher. Continue reading
This one is too easy and too obvious but I just could not pass it up. Here is the supposed contradiction put forth by the atheist. Does God allow Adam to eat from any tree in Genesis 1 and then forbid him to do so in Genesis chapter 2? Or is the atheist just simply lost when it comes to intellectual integrity? A simple reading of Genesis 1 and 2 will demonstrate that the two accounts are not separate accounts of creation. Instead they are one and the same. Genesis 1 is a broad outline and Genesis 2 adds the details not given in Genesis 1. Continue reading
I am preparing to teach another lesson at our youth group. It is connected with the previous lesson of practical advice for college students. This lesson will help young people understand why it is important to study and be a good student. It seems that more and more people these days, especially young people, do not want to be good students. Studying is not in “style”. Instead, it is easier to watch television and movies or play around on the internet. In this article and with the lesson for the youth, I want to explain why we should be good students all the days of our lives.
I was able to participate in a teachers’ training conference this past weekend and I would like to share some of the things that we learned. I was a small group discussion leader. The majority of the teachers were from Moldova’s public school system. They were to receive continuing education hours for their attendance. The theme of the conference was “Good character equals Good teacher”. We learned many pedagogical principles based on the life of Jesus Christ. He was a great leader/teacher during His lifetime and we have much to learn from Him. We also learned how to incorporate what we were learning into our classrooms in practical ways. We learned innovative ways of using interactive learning in order to get the kids involved during the lesson. After 3 days of theory, on the fourth day, we went into a public school to teach a lesson on good character. I have never taught a class with 5 other teachers before, so for me it was an interesting experience. I want to thank Hans and Ruth (two wonderful teachers and people of God) for their efforts. There were 140 of us in all and they did a wonderful job in involving everyone during the conference. I pray that the teachers will apply what they have learned and be people of character as well as teaching their students to be people of character. Good character is not something that we are born with, we must learn it and develop it. The etymology of the word character comes from the Greek language and it means “to be engraved upon”. Character is based upon good actions and good actions must be taught and learned, which is exactly what Jesus Christ did during His days on this earth. As an educator, I was greatly encouraged by what I learned. I just wanted to share that with you as well.