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Called to Teach

Called to Teach [Kindle Edition]

William Yount

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Written as a textbook for courses on teaching at the college and seminary level, Called to Teach actually reaches out to a much wider audience. Those considering a teaching career, homeschoolers and parents will gain valuable insight and knowledge from Yount's latest book.

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From my heart to yours...
CALLED TO TEACH underscores the many roles of an effective Christian teacher: dynamic synergist, mature person, clear communicator, sincere motivator, dramatic performer, creative designer, nurturing disciplinarian, special agent, honest evaluator and spiritual minister. Written in an easy to read, narrative format, CTT illustrates its principles with personal experience drawn from thirty years teaching in churches, conferences and seminary classrooms. This book is suitable for lay teachers in churches, Christian school teachers, and college and seminary students preparing for preaching or teaching ministries. This text is already being used at Southwestern Seminary for Principles of Teaching classes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0805411992
  • Publisher: B&H Books (1 Jan 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YFC1NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Called to Teach 12 May 2000
By Timothy Chen - Published on
Called to Teach is not just another book for teaching method, its unique focus is based on the Christian model of teaching. Therefore teaching becomes incomplete when one knows solely on teaching, the key to the successful teaching determines by the heart of the teacher. The effect of teaching in the Lord can profoundly touch eternity. The key principle of becoming a successful teacher is to humble ourselves before God, a life submission. The root of teaching model in book is built on the idea of ¡§dynamic synergism¡¨. Dynamic synergism literally means combined elements with a driving force. The book is consistently focused on three elements of teaching and learning: heart, head, and hand. These elements are inseparable if one wishes to become a dynamic synergist. One thing I like the most about the book is its emphasis on the heart of teacher, a heart that would go beyond just teaching, rather it is a heart for life change teaching.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where uncertainity lies, this book provides clarity! 21 Jan 2009
By P Atkins - Published on
Called To Teach by William Yount is an excellent book for all interested or gaining knowledge in the field of teaching. It can be used within a diverse assortment of subfields such as Christian Education, Motivational/Inspirational Speakers, Generalized Public Speaking,Private or Ppublic Education,and Trade teaching occupations. It provides the scientific,psychological, and biblical aspects to the foundations of education incorporating the teacher and student and the roles they play as recipients or initiators. The imagery within the book are true to life scenarios so relating to the issues are almost innate. Nyack College has incorporated another book of William Yount and I will not hesitate to share what I have learned from this one. This book should be in every teachers' library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Called to Teach 4 Mar 2013
By PR - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was bought as a textbook for a course I was taking. I have since added it to my library. The following is from a book review I turned in for class.
In Called to Teach: An Introduction to the Ministry of Teaching, William Yount has dealt with both the subject of teaching as well as the teacher. Broken into four parts, the author approaches the teacher as person, instructor, manager, and finally as minister. Though each part may be thought of personally, instructions on the various dynamics of teaching become clear as one reads on. Presented in this orderly fashion the subject matter is easy to follow and logically put together.
Book Highlights
The first highlight to be brought out comes from the author’s treatment of decentration. Yount catches the attention of the reader by bringing the word “humanism” into the discussion. He states, “Godless, self-centered, evil, dangerous, pervasive—they (his students) often personify it as an enemy to be avoided, if not overthrown.” He goes on to point out that humanism is related to many actions which are not necessarily at war with a biblical worldview. The distinction can be understood by simply defining the terms. The author points to classical humanism as having its roots in the Reformation with a focus upon the Bible. He brings out the “feeling” portion of his teaching triad as humanistic in its approach, and defends humanism as it relates to personalizing the classroom and meeting the needs of people. While these ideals may
be thought of in humanistic terms, there is no compromise required for the Christian teacher to embrace and even incorporate them in teaching methods. Congratulations to Yount as he clearly is not supportive of a “...philosophy centered in man and generally opposed to religion and the supernatural.” The mature thinking teacher provides a definition of terms based upon more than a single narrow definition, experience, or perspective.
Another point worthy of note is Yount’s thoughts on direct reinforcement. In less than a single page, the author concisely points out the short-comings of this once popular approach. Perhaps the reader educated in the late 1960’s through the early 1970’s will be familiar with the techniques employed through the use of the direct reinforcement model—having been a product of this method. The author’s analysis is spot-on; however, Yount makes an exception for teacher praise as the one redeeming quality of direct reinforcement. Indeed, behavior and learning of classmates of the one receiving teacher praise may be positively affected. This method is certainly useful with the student who thrives on words of affirmation.
There may be nothing new in the concepts of the teacher as a communicator and motivator, but the idea that a teacher is a dramatic performer is one of the author’s memorable contributions to this discussion. Yount brings out the importance of what may be thought of as story-telling and practical examples. He calls these techniques “soapboxes” and uses them in every class he teaches. This method combined with the confidence of a well-prepared and current teacher on a mission cause a classroom synergy which support Yount’s idea of the teacher as “personal presence.”  
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Called To Teach 24 Oct 2010
By Definitely At Julia's - Published on
Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!!!!!!!!! A must for anyone who think that they are called to teach Christian Education, should be a required reading and study for Christian Education teachers and leaders.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful 26 Feb 2014
By Daniel - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book shares the foundational principles of how to be a successful and faithful teacher. Even though there are some outdated technology references, the book as a whole focuses on instruction that withstands the test of time.
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