Connecting With Middle School Students Through Storytelling
An Interview with Mr. Wilcox, Bay Area Private Middle School Teacher
One of the RCS goals to #CelebrateRCS for our 50th anniversary is to connect with current RCS faculty and see how God is using them to “inspire futures”. Dr. Hearne recently interviewed our private Middle School teacher, Mr. Wilcox.
This month’s theme verse is Hebrews 13:15, “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Dr. Hearne asked Mr. Wilcox to share what this verse means to him.
Mr. Wilcox shared, “This verse reminds me that no matter our circumstances, we should always be offering praise to God. I think our natural tendency is praising God when all is going well, but grumbling and complaining when things don’t go our way. The fact that it says we should offer a “sacrifice of praise” should tell us that it will be difficult at times. I personally try to always start any prayer with praises. Even in the tough times I figure God is trying to teach me something. These are the times one should not only ask for His help, but should also still be thanking God for the opportunity He is providing us. I also think it is important to ask God to help us see what we should be learning from the experiences we go through.”
What do you teach at Redwood Christian Middle School?
I teach 7th grade Life Science, 8th grade Physical Science, 8th grade Bible, MS Keyboarding, and MS Coding.
What do you love about Redwood Christian Middle School?
The thing I love most at RCS is the support from the entire staff. Whether it is the administration, fellow teachers, or support staff, everyone is willing to step in and help in times of need. I also appreciate the fact that I have the freedom to teach students about the wonder of God’s creation.
Why do you like teaching at Redwood Christian? What motivated you to become a teacher at Redwood Christian?
Right out of high school I became involved in the middle school and high school youth group at Redwood Chapel. I had the pleasure of working with some fantastic individuals who showed me through their actions how rewarding it is to work with those age groups. After a number of years being involved in both youth groups and coaching, the idea of being a teacher became very appealing. After 15+ years I must say, I’m delighted with my choice and have found it truly rewarding.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
I am an excellent storyteller. This is extremely useful in the classroom as I can take experiences I’ve had and apply them to lessons in my classes. This is not only entertaining and engaging for the students, but also helps them retain concepts that I teach.
What sets RCS students apart from students in other schools?
I find RCS students to be respectful and open to correction. RCS students also seem to have an excellent feeling of community. I don’t see as much division amongst classes and individual groups as I do in the public realm.
The RCS tagline is “Inspiring Futures.” How do you accomplish this in your role at RCS?
I think it is very important to build trust with my students. I try to do this by treating each and every student with respect. I also think it is important to give students opportunities to correct their mistakes both academically or behaviorally.
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I truly hope they remember having fun, learning important life lessons, and have gained a deeper understanding of God’s Word. I try to show students through both my life and storytelling that as Christians we are fallible, but that God is always there to accept us and help us get back on the right track.