A Tim Ihms Education
Our evening school looks like a regular classroom except the teacher and up to fifteen students are all connected to each other through an amazing product named Zoom.
With Zoom, a video communications platform, I am able to speak to the class as a whole or individually in real time. Students are able to work in groups or individually. The video as well as the audio are controlled at both ends of the connection.
This is not your typical online school of watching videos, reading on a computer screen, playing games and then connect with a teacher to talk about difficulties the student is having or worse having to wait to schedule a meeting online.
At New Park Street Christian Academy, all instruction, correction, and encouragement is happening in real time with me, a real teacher using my experience and skills of over 40 years to support my students towards being successful and confident learners.
Typically, I will have all the students online working on the same subject but different assignments while I am checking their work, instructing, correcting or encouraging. All work is graded over the computer when the students has completed his work.
All the students are working on mastery. The students are continuously working on their own individual goals. No student is moved on to the next assignment without first mastering the lesson they are on.
This means no student moves on to the next lesson before he is ready because the rest of the class understands the concept. It works the other way also. No student is having to sit through a lesson he has already mastered because the rest of the class continues to have trouble with it.
The only subject not individualized is Bible. The teaching time is as a group. The memory verses are worked on individually.
On my blog page I will be writing short blogs to better explain the instructional methods. Methods I have been using for over twenty-five years with students in grades K-12, regular education and special education.
When a student first enrolls, a time is set-up for placement testing with me. A Saxon placement test for math, a writing sample, and a reading test is sent in the mail. The test is completed in front of me with the online connection.
The information on the placement tests allows me to place the student in work at his level of skills that are not influenced by the skills of the rest of the class.
Each day, every student begins their subjects where they left off the day before. Usually that means working on mastering skills built on previous mastery.
Sometimes a student may have to spend extra time on a skill he had trouble understanding. And that is okay because I want good understanding of skills for each student before he moves on. A solid foundation allows for stronger learning opportunities in the future.
Bible in the elementary grades is taught by me with the Bible and using the reading schedule provided by The Bible Study Guide for All Ages. Readings are directly from a Bible each student has received. The ESV is the version the school uses. A Bible memory curriculum named Memlock is used for memory verses.
Here are the nonnegotiables as far as what I teach for Bible.
The following is taken from Ligonier Ministries for no other reason than it is succinct and to the point. The marriage section is from the ACSI statement of faith.
The Bible, in its entirety, is the infallible, inerrant, and inspired Word of God; it is divine revelation that carries the full weight of God's authority and to which we are obliged to submit.
Within the Godhead there is a unity of three distinct yet fully divine persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. God is fully omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, not given to learning or "openness."
Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, having two natures inseparably united in one divine person without confusion, mixture, separation, or division. Each nature retains its own attributes. In the incarnation, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a perfect life among us, was crucified, dead, and buried, rose on the third day, ascended to heaven, and will come again in glory and judgment. He is the only Mediator between God and man.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is of one substance with the Father and the Son. He eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son, and He dwells in the hearts of believers, effecting their regeneration monergistically and operating in their sanctification synergistically.
God, by the word of His power, created from nothing the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He further preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions according to His most holy, wise, and powerful providence.
After God made the other creatures, He created man, both male and female, in His own image, but because Adam sinned and woefully fell in his responsibility, he and his posterity entered into a state of moral corruption and moral inability and became estranged from their Creator, thus deserving death as the punishment for sin.
Because all have sinned, atonement must be made in order for man to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ made a complete atonement for His people through His substitutionary atoning death on the cross. He imputes His righteousness to all believers securing us full redemption for all who repent of their sin and trust in Him alone for salvation.
The moral law perfectly reflects the unchangeable character of God and forever binds all people, believers as well as unbelievers.
Christ has established a visible church, which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation of the authority of Holy Scripture, preaching the gospel of Christ, administering the sacraments, and exercising discipline.
We believe that the term marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18–25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2–5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God's command is that there be no sexual intimacy outside of or apart from marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological sex. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26–27).