Meet Mr. Koning's fifth-grade class

Krystle Wagner • Jan 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Each Friday on the pages of the Tribune and online, the Tribune will highlight a Classroom of the Week.

This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special.

Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:

Teacher: Bob Koning

Grade: Fifth

School: Grand Haven Christian School

What makes your classroom special? We get to read God’s word, pray to him, and worship him freely every day. We see the difference this makes in how kids show love and grace to each other. There is a humility in our class because we all know that we mess up and really need his grace. This is a place where kids are challenged to act more like Jesus, and that makes our classroom a special place to be.

In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? Right now, we enjoy "Snowy Friday Hot Chocolate Days-O’-Grace.” We have special devotions about God’s grace (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense), and we enjoy a nice mug of hot cocoa as a liquid “metaphor” for the undeserved favor and incredible love we have available.

Soon, we will be starting a wax museum where kids research and take on the persona of a famous American.

After that, we partner with Fifth Third Bank to start student-made micro-businesses in order to support children at Casa de’ Esperanza, a Honduran boy’s home which teaches its residents valuable job skills, while giving them a safe place to live.

How is your classroom involved with the community? We reach out through International Aid and Love in Action to make a difference locally and internationally. This involves helping pack hygiene kits and distributing food to the needy.

How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? I have S.T.E.M. challenges in our Discovery Lab to teach our kids to think critically and creatively to solve science, technology, engineering, and math problems. I also teach kids to be independent thinkers, good team members, hard workers, and to be deeply connected to something higher than themselves, Jesus Christ. I think all this adds to a much brighter future and a good chance at success, peace, and happiness in their lives.

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