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April 2015

Organized Reading

It will be clear from the reviews of the books in this issue that the world in which we as educators work [...]

The Top Ten Books for Adolescents and Young Adults That You Need to Read Right Now

10. Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. If you haven’t read it yet, do so now. Actually, that [...]

Deepening the Colors

When I was a child, I loved the sight of the flax field in bloom, and wondered how the soft blue of [...]

Future Wise

It’s a decision that is made every day, every hour, and every minute teachers are in the classroom as they answer the [...]

Leaders of Their Own Learning

Entering the grade 5/6 classroom in New Covenant School in Arlington, Massachusetts, you need to look very closely to spot the teacher. [...]

Death Before the Fall

Ronald Osborne begins the book with a vivid account of his experience growing up as a child of missionary parents in Zimbabwe. [...]

Nuts and Bolts of Inclusive Education

Newman, Barbara J. Nuts and Bolts of Inclusive Education. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Learning Center, 2013.  This book, published by Christian Learning [...]

The Cross and Gendercide

The good news of the gospel is never more jarring than when put alongside the raw facts of human suffering, yet that [...]

Teaching to Justice, Citizenship, and Civic Virtue

I have benefitted from the writing and teaching Calvin education professor emerita Gloria Stronks for many years. She has written a number [...]

A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing: A Reading Lesson

“We will do anything to keep the wolves of insignificance from our door.” —Saul Bellow His name was Charlie. He was a [...]

Watching Cardinals, Tasting Words, and Savoring Slowness

“The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.” These words, from [...]

So Little Time for So Many Books: Or Hey Jan, Don’t Quit Your Day Job

For this column, we are going to take a break from the Bedlam gang and hear some books that columnist Jan Kaarsvlam [...]