Kevin Trevithick

About me

Teaching Philosophy

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. This cliched statement sums up my teaching philosophy, however you must substitute thinking for fishing. Thinking, like fishing, is an important skill that requires development and must be taught. Being able to think well is one of the most valuable skills an individual can have the privilege of possessing. Every action a human being takes begins in his or her mind and is carried out through a thought process. If that thought process is good/sound then the action will result in good/positive consequences. If that thought process is bad/unsound then the action will result in bad/negative consequences. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that students are taught how to think. Unfortunately, in many of the public schools in this country students are not taught how to think, rather they are taught what to think. It is my goal as a teacher to teach students how to think, because if a student is taught how to think they will be equipped to thoughtfully meet any challenge that they might face. An important aspect of learning how to think is to ground the thinking process in truth. The ability to think is a uniquely human characteristic and is an extension of our being made in the image of our creator. We are commanded to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, MIND, and soul.” God created humanity with the ability to think, and as with any talent or skill that God gives, he expects us to use the gift of thought, or our minds, to the best of our ability. This is why, I believe, that God tells us that those who teach are held to a higher standard. Learning to think well is an essential skill that God wants for all of his children, therefore those who are tasked with helping students to develop this skill are going to be held accountable for their performance. I take this responsibility very seriously and want nothing more than to enable each of my students to use their minds well and in a manner which will bring glory to God.

Why I Love Teaching At HOPE Youth Ranch?

I love teaching at Hope for one very simple reason, I get to teach children how to think based on the true principles that God set forth at the beginning of time, the reality of his son Jesus Christ, and his unchanging word. Due to the fact that my teaching philosophy revolves around the simple precept of teaching children how to think well and the belief that the key to thinking well is to think in the manner God has designed us to think, getting to teach at an institution that is based on the truth of God’s existence and his desire to bring us into the glory of his eternal family is a blessing I cannot even begin to truly explain. Part of this blessing is grounded in the truth that God created each and every one of us as unique individuals with unique gifts and talents that are to be used to expand and glorify his heavenly kingdom. Knowing how to think well is essential to the individual being able to utilize the individual talents and skills that God has gifted each of us to possess. Being able to be a part of a ministry that is focused on helping students to become the individuals that God has made them to be is an amazing thing. Hope allows me to get to know each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses and then address both in a manner which will be the most effective for the individual. Hope gives me the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to use me to speak the truth of Jesus Christ into the lives of students and it is through this truth that Hope gives these students the only true HOPE any of us can ever possess. It is a blessing and I am sincerely humbled to be a part of this ministry.

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