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For this issue of CEJ, we asked our panelists either to talk about a recent book they have read and its helpfulness as a Christian educator or to discuss other types of media (podcasts, blogs, newsletters, journals, etc.) they use for ideas, inspiration, and engagement with the work of Christian education. Justin Cook started the […]

Sacred Spaces

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John Walcott: This special issue of CEJ focuses on Sacred Space Pedagogy, and we will use this space to respond to two questions posed by the editors related to this theme. Here are the questions: In conversations about Sacred Space Pedagogy, we have found that educators quickly suggest chapel as an example. While chapel provides […]

Healthy Communication Among Teachers

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To contribute to the theme of this issue of CEJ, our panel decided to tackle the issue of teacher-teacher communication. We began with the following prompt: As Christian educators, we interact with our colleagues daily. At times these interactions include discussions and conversations about difficult yet important issues in the life of the school. Undoubtedly, […]

Transformation and Grace

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John Walcott: When the editor shared with me that the February 2016 issue would focus on LGBTQ-related issues in Christian schools, my first response was that I would like the contributors to this column to have the opportunity to participate in the discussion. I have both appreciated and learned from the ideas, suggestions and perspectives […]

Setting Goals and Facing Challenges

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This summer, the panel participants were asked to reflect on several questions related to preparing for a new school year. The following questions guided the discussion: As you look ahead to a new school year, what are the upcoming challenges that give you the most concern? What are some things you will do to prepare […]

Managing Stress

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In keeping with this issue’s focus, John sent out the following question to the members of the panel: Based on your experience in Christian schooling, what advice would you give to new teachers or administrators about dealing with the stress that is inherent in our work, or about ways they can support students dealing with […]

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 […]

Reading Suggestions for Teachers and Their Students

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In keeping with the theme of this month’s issue, John Walcott asked the panel members to recommend some of their favorite books for Christian educators or for their students.   Justin Cook submitted the following recommendations for teachers: An Ethic of Excellence, by Ron Berger (2003). Ron Berger is a master teacher in the expeditionary […]

Reflections on Bullying

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John Walcott introduced the conversation with the following: In discussions of how to combat, or avoid, bullying, the importance of community is often discussed. As teachers, we know it is important to build a classroom community that facilitates learning, helps students feel welcome and secure, and—to the extent that this is possible—reflects and builds the […]

Assessment Practices: Encouraging or Damaging?

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Our discussion for this month began with the following prompt from John Walcott: Assessment and evaluation practices are an everyday part of life in schools. We know that helping students reflect on their work can be an important part of the learning process. Therefore, how teachers think about and practice assessment and evaluation in their […]