Navigating Media and Gender with Our Students

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In today’s age of fake news and media hysteria, faculty members of Christian schools must be able to both discern what is true and teach students to do the same. We live in a confusing age, a time in history when anyone and everyone has a ready-made platform from which to shout their latest musings. […]

Watch Your Step

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“Watch your step,” we were told by our soft-spoken guide. And then a second time as we drew in close to see what he was referring to: “Watch where you step—this is a mass grave; you cannot step here.” The second time, I turned my gaze from the mossy rise of green in front of […]

The Power of Collaboration in Christian Schools

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When a teacher leader approached the Grand Rapids Christian High School faculty in 2012 about “the PLC” (professional learning community) process, we were convinced that this was another educational initiative, an acronym even, that would fade away if we just waited it out. We were being asked to work collaboratively in our teams (departments) and […]

Professional Development in the Digital Age

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While we spend our waking hours at schools surrounded by people, as educators we may sometimes feel isolated and lonely in different ways. We may work with exemplary professionals, but we may not always have colleagues who share our personal educational philosophies, specific interests within our profession, or even our faith in Christ. When we […]

Not-So-Professional Development: A Missional Challenge

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Teaching is a challenging job. Myriad difficulties and surprises confront teachers on any given day. Christian educators also bear the ever-present responsibility of discipleship. What do Christian teachers need in order to succeed in the face of their daunting mission? Jesus calls those who are burdened to come to him, wear his yoke, and learn […]

Discerning the ‘isms’ in Teaching and Learning

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(Editor’s Note: The original version of this piece was published in the November 2018 issue of the Christian Teachers Journal, an Australian publication. It is reprinted with permission. While it does not address the topic of professional development specifically, Dr. Partridge’s analysis of the role of behaviorism and cognitivism on Christian education provides a thoughtful […]

On Holy Ground

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“Ever since I was old enough to fold my hands and close my eyes, I’ve said prayers to God, answered ‘Jesus’ to all the children’s sermons questions, celebrated Easter and Jesus’s resurrection, believed that God would take care of me. But now, I wonder . . .” One or more of your students at some […]

“In the Beginning George…”

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I was drained. It had been an emotionally and mentally taxing class period. This lesson always was. Having experienced this lesson with students near the start of semesters past, I knew what I might expect. Some left class very perplexed. They wanted to have answers for our guest, but they rapidly realized they didn’t have […]

Losing Faith in Church

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A young man in the circle decided to be vulnerable: “I have never seen an example of a Christian life in church that I want to follow.” What happened next shocked me. One by one, the others in the circle nodded their agreement. I shook my head in astonishment, and they shook their heads in […]