A Different Person

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“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” —Charlie “Tremendous” Jones   I finished fifty-four books in 2018. I know because I kept a list. I’m not sure why I did this. I haven’t kept a list of what […]

Personal Development as Professional Development

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I am a 3 with a 2 Wing. For those unfamiliar with the Enneagram, the previous sentence may sound like a foreign language or the beginning to an enigmatic riddle. Let me explain. I began studying the Enneagram after hearing an overview of it in a podcast interview. Essentially, the Enneagram is an ancient system […]

Doubt

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Every day one of our Bible teachers selects a quote to add to the announcements scrolling on the TV screens around our school. I often read the quote as I walk the halls, appreciate the wisdom it contains, and continue about my day. One day this past January, however, I read the quote and had […]

Teaching “Dirty Books”

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About a year ago, Cedarville University, a Baptist school in Ohio, enacted a new curriculum standard based on Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” As reported then in Christianity […]

When Teaching Gets Tough

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In his money management course Financial Peace University (FPU), Christian financial counselor and best-selling author Dave Ramsey tells his audience something to the effect of “your parents never talked about sex; they never talked about money; you thought they had neither; turns out they had both!” In a humorous way Ramsey identifies at least one […]

December 2017

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Editorial I found out at a Monday morning prayer meeting that Josh had died in a motorcycle accident. I first met Josh when he was a student in my sophomore English class. Before then, I had known him as the kid who wore his Boy Scout uniform on the first day of school (a habit […]

FAST (Faith and Science Teaching)

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Last night, our school held its annual open house for parents. Throughout the evening parents moved from classroom to classroom to hear their children’s teachers talk about what they would be teaching this year and how they would integrate faith with their instruction. During my presentations to parents of my English 4 and AP English students, I […]

Read Everywhere

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I do most of my reading while I’m driving. Lest you picture me with an open book on my steering wheel casting only occasional glances at the road, allow me to explain. As a high school English teacher, I find that most of my reading revolves around the essays I assign to my students (my […]