I want my higher college education incorporated a photography trip to the southwest, a behind-the-scenes tour of a health-related facility, and an chance for image book circle time in higher college. Thankfully, although it is also late for me, I have the chance to give this present to my students this year!
For 3 days on the week ahead of spring break, the classroom will be extending far beyond the college into the regional neighborhood and beyond with Calvin’s 1st ever Interim.
Understanding under no circumstances stops. Even if students are no longer in college, they are participating in sports or hobbies (and mastering how to enhance in them), hanging out with pals (and mastering how to create relationships and respond to conflicts), or undertaking some thing else to entertain themselves (which is molding their minds in some way, regardless of whether or not they are conscious of it!).
As a teacher, I want my students to be hyper conscious of what they are undertaking and why they are undertaking it, and Interim is going to be a great way to raise this. Evaluation is not just for the English classroom, or discipline just for math homework. Student gifts are not restricted to the academics of the science classroom, or the art classroom, or any classroom for that matter.
I want students to know that knitting can be a way to serve God and other individuals, that international travel can assist them get a various point of view of God’s creation, and that the music of the 60’s consists of a worldview, just like the novels they have study in class.
When students are cooking a healthful dinner, they are serving God by treating their bodies with respect and making use of their skills, possibly even to host other individuals someday as an act of kindness or hospitality. When students are playing music on a Ukelele, they are serving God with their gifts and praising him with a new song. When students are touring a Yearbook Printing facility, they are exploring how their gifts may perhaps match various profession choices and are enhancing they way they will inform the story of what God is undertaking at Calvin this year.
I may perhaps not have time to assist them expertise these issues and far more in my classroom, but with interim, they will have these exclusive possibilities. I have loved seeing the excitement in the student physique as they make their options, and I have loved uncovering it in myself as I prepare a course on how we can glorify God as subcreators with Interior Design and style.
Now I am not only searching forward to Spring Break as the chance for a break, but as a time I will get to share more passions with my students – all for the glory of God!
This post was initially published in February 2017.