Teachers and Good Books

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Question 1 What are some ways by which nonreading staff members can be encouraged to read more information or books that pertain to their work? I was reading an article, “What Makes a Great Teacher?” which summarized sixteen characteristics arrived at by participants of the 2008 Phi Delta Kappa Summit on High-Performing Educators. I believe […]

The Myth of Ability

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Mathematics education has a bad rap. If you tell someone at a dinner party that you are a math teacher, they give you a funny look and move away or they tell you their horror story of their experience in mathematics education. Mathematics is an important tool and skill in today’s technological culture, and is […]

NurtureShock

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I am not a big fan of books on parenting skills and never have been. While I consider myself a crazed learner, I have never found this genre (if you can call it that!) very compelling. Most often the things authors mention are pretty much common sense. After all, can’t most parenting be done well […]

Reforming Christian Education: Omelets or Worldviews?

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In his 2008 bestseller, Culture Making, Andrew Crouch, a former Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship chaplain at Harvard University, makes an eloquent argument for encouraging Christians to get busy making cultural artifacts of all kinds, from ideas to books, from ovens to crepes and mousetraps, even cars, missiles, and vaccines. It’s time we Christians stopped condemning and […]

Editorial

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This issue of the Christian Educators Journal introduces a number of important books that all Christian educators should read. It may be that readers will look at that as an impossible challenge. After all, educators are busy people, and when this issue of CEJ arrives in your mailbox in the staff room many of you […]

Professional Development in Christian School Communities: Five Affirmations

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This past summer, the Calvin College educational leadership graduate course (EDUC 531) explored the topics of professional development and supervision. One of the outcomes of the course was a set of collectively constructed affirmations about professional development. The affirmations arose from the class activities, which included reading 1 and 2 Corinthians; discussing school vision, mission, […]