How can you embed Teaching for Transformation Core Practices in your lessons in a matter of minutes instead of hours? Just rename and reclaim the lessons you already teach.
Here’s how Connie Nyenhuis (6th & 7th Grade English Language Arts) renamed a couple of projects in her classroom.
“Every year the 6th-grade students do a Bio Poem. The focus has been on the student. Now I have renamed the project, His Masterpiece.”
Ms. Nyenhuis uses Ephesians 2:10 to help her students see the events of their own biographies as an artistic work of God: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).
Other elements of the project have stayed the same, but the impact is transformational.
“There is much more focus on God’s handiwork now and a great reminder that we are here to serve Him!”
Once you rename one learning experience, you might as well keep going!
“Now we are starting what used to be called Animal Research Project. I renamed it Kingdom Creatures. It’s amazing how just renaming a project makes it so much more God-focused! The students do not just research animals of the world. They are researching God’s creation!”
Ms. Nyenhuis has chosen Proverbs 12:10a as a key verse for this project: “The godly care for their animals” (NLT).
Have you renamed/reclaimed any existing lessons, projects, or units? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Comment below to share.
Could renaming the next unit you teach help you and your students see God’s glory and live God’s story? Try it!