Who Is Influencing Your Kids?

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Imagine you are with the same group of people during thirteen very impressionable years of your life. They influence your thinking for seven hours a day, five days a week. Then, on the “off” time, you hang around others who were with you during those seven hours. You start to view the world through the […]

Outside of a Dog, a Book Review is a Teacher’s Best Friend; Inside of a Dog, It’s Too Dark to Read— Or: So Many Book Recommendations So Little Time

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Jan Karsvlaam recently took a hiatus from teaching seventh grade science at Terra Ceia Christian School in Pantego, North Carolina after an experiment using lard to teach students about the insulating properties of whale blubber resulted in the largest lard fight the state has ever known. Karsvlaam is reportedly applying to be assistant principal in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community in the Classroom

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Question 1 I am curious how to develop a community in your classroom that is encouraging for everyone in the classroom, so that every student is a friend with every other student? Is that even possible? It is unrealistic to expect every student in the classroom to be a friend of every other student. I […]