“I get to be a teacher, I get to be a scholar, I get to be a mentor, I get to play my guitar, I get to hang out with students—it’s all of my favorite things wrapped up into one job.”
Taking an entire class session to talk about each person’s personal and faith background and inviting students to be his Facebook friends (don’t worry, he won’t be offended if you ignore his request). “I like seeing [students] for who they are as people—that connection is really important to me and part of that is actually going to schools and sitting with students as they work with a supervising teacher. That’s really fun because you get to do one-on-one individual instruction.”
At Calvin’s weekly chapel hymn sing, which he leads with a group of students at least once each semester. “To be part of Friday morning when chapel is packed and students are completely surrounding us is pretty exciting.”
How children develop in faith. Check out his recent book, Helping Our Children Grow in Faith: How the Church Can Nurture the Spiritual Development of Kids.
That they become the kind of teachers students point to as a person who made a difference in their lives, that they say, “I’m a better person, I know more, I’m able to do the things I want to do with my life because this teacher spent time with me and got to know me as a person.”
He and his wife are in charge of children’s ministry at their church; he plays the guitar (he used to have his own band) and writes a blog about music.