Last week found Mark, I (Cathy), our friend from the USA, Jan Tamble, and a British friend, Harriet Bell, traveling to Kapkong, Kenya to meet with teachers at Paul Boit Boys High School. We will spend the next three to four weeks together, coming alongside teachers to help them apply all that we discussed and learned about during our April teacher training.
We hope to help teachers shift their teaching methods and focus from teacher-centered, knowledge based instruction toward a more student-centered, discovery and application focus. This is CHALLENGING for any teacher, even more so in a country that has a laser beam focus on examinations. It is our hope as we work with teachers and their students that the following will be developed in each student:
* thinking that moves to deeper levels, beyond mere knowledge and comprehension
* development of teacher-student relationships
* opportunities for students to take responsibility for their own learning
* student leadership development
* an enthusiasm for the things of God
* exploration of the significance of learning from God’s perspective
We are impressed by the invitations we’ve received throughout the week to visit classes, sit with teachers to explore new ways to share learning content with their students, and opportunities to disciple teachers as they consider God’s presence in their classrooms.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
While this is a scripture most often applied to parents and child-rearing, we think it applies to teachers and students also. Fostering classroom environments where responsibility and enthusiasm for learning are hallmarks, we pray that these secondary students will “not depart from it”. Exploring learning from the perspective of God, how can anyone not approach life enthusiastically? It is our constant prayer that everyone at the school will discover the treasures and mysteries of Christ, develop a deep relationship with Him, and choose to be vessels of grace in their communities.
During our second week of mentoring, we were granted the additional opportunity to share with the young men in the 9th and 10th grade classes during an afternoon assembly. Using Psalm 139:14 and Colossians 2:3 as our texts, we encouraged the students on their learning and faith journey. The school’s motto, “In fide vade – In faith we go” was examined in many different contexts.
Please pray for discernment and wisdom as we continue to meet with teachers. The door is open with many of them and the bulk of our conversations are about disciplining and application of learning in the context of knowing God. It is our great desire that each teacher will enthusiastically grab hold of the chances they have to shepherd the hearts of their students!