Curriculum Trak is pleased to share with our readers a series of articles from Stacy Kok about what it means to be a godly educator. Knowing that many of you believe that education is God’s calling in your life, we plan to share each month about what this calling looks like to you as the educator, as well as how it can be lived out in the classroom. We also encourage you to listen to an upcoming interview with Stacy on our podcast, The Teacher’s Lounge.

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
Proverbs 29: 18 (NIV) “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.”

Proverbs 29:18 is for educators and students alike. Share the vision or revelation of God’s story – creation, fall, redemption and restoration.

As the year begins, laying the foundation of God’s word, God’s story, upon which the school year is built is pivotal in the way that students and educators alike set out on the journey of learning and growth for the year ahead.

Take time at the beginning of the school year to establish the importance of God’s story and emphasize the role of students and educators within it.

  • Create a classroom mural that depicts Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration.
  • Take a “gallery walk” around your school (inside and outside) looking for beautiful examples of God’s creation
  • Take a bus trip around your local community and have students use their phones to take photos of what they see as examples of the Fall (brokenness)
  • Students write a short paragraph illustrating one example of the Fall
  • Dig deep into the word “redemption” – what does that mean?
  • Give real life examples of people who are doing good work in God’s restoration process (go to theTfT website and show examples of what students have been doing)

We are a part of God’s story and we have important work to do.

Photo by Matthew Ansley on Unsplash

Stacy Kok is a Senior Kindergarten teacher and Teaching for Transformation early adopter at Cairn Christian School in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Stacy is originally from Tennessee, USA and moved to Ontario, Canada in 1999, after teaching at a missionary school in Indonesia. While teaching in Indonesia, Stacy met her future husband who is originally from Grimsby, Ontario. Both Stacy and her husband spent a total of 5 years teaching in Indonesia before moving to Toronto. Stacy took time away from classroom teaching and devoted her time and energy to their 4 children. Seven years ago, Stacy returned to the classroom after serving 4 years on staff at her church as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Over the past 7 years, Stacy has had her teaching degree from Tennessee transferred to the OTC and has also received her Christian School Teacher’s Certificate. Stacy is currently enrolled as a part-time student with the Institute of Christian Studies in the Master of Arts (Philosophy) in Educational Leadership.