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 […]

Across the Curriculum, Across the Hall

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I am a product of Christian education from kindergarten through college. I loved my education and am grateful for how it shaped my knowledge and worldview. When I began teaching in a Christian school straight out of college, however, it “got real, real quick.” Being responsible for helping students to see God in every subject […]

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 […]

Current Events in our Classrooms

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As educators, we interact on a daily basis with students who are influenced by what goes on around them in the world. While students vary in the extent to which they are aware of community, national, or global news stories, they bring to their classroom a variety of perspectives, beliefs, understandings, and questions related to […]

In Defense of Reading

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Every now and then I run into someone who, upon finding out that I am a literacy researcher, patiently explains to me that with computers and the Internet, books will soon be things of the past and teaching reading will be about as valuable as teaching cursive. One of the Christian high schools in my […]

An Art Curriculum for the Elementary School

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An Art Curriculum for the Elementary School

As schools everywhere try to economize, one of the areas that, regrettably, they decide they can no longer afford is the position of the art teacher. Why is art education so important for our children? Many teachers and parents think that the way students deepen their spiritual dimension is by increasingly learning and coming to […]