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It has been so wonderful for us to build relationships with the teachers here at Riverside through the Teacher’s Conference. Today went into full swing with Pastor Kay leading us through the first session about discipleship. Kay explained to us the difference between being a Christian and being a Disciple. As Jesus was ascending into heaven, he gives The Great Commission to his disciples saying “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). From this verse, Kay shared that no one were actually called a christian at that time; they were disciples. And to be a disciple is to simply love people and lead them to Christ. For teachers, it’s to love their students, even when they’re not behaving as the teacher would like. Through their Christ like actions, the teachers can really become beacons of light and love to their students. For the teachers themselves, they were truly moved by Kay’s teaching and it was easy to tell that they wanted to do all they could from here on out to be like Christ in the classroom.
In our next session, Carly Hansen, a H.I.S. Years participant and a member from the APU team last year, taught the teachers how to gauge what kind of students they have, interpersonal to kinesthetic to logical and so on. She helped them to understand that all students have different learning capabilities and no student is going to learn in the exact same way as another and as teachers, this is something they should be aware of always. The teachers responded with great interest in teaching their students in new ways and learning adjust themselves to the different students in their classes. Overall, the teachers have been thoroughly enjoying this conference and are so eager to always learn more.