April 2020

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we realize that many of our print subscribers are unable to access their physical copies this of issue. We have therefore included the full text of all of this month’s articles. Happy Reading!

What We Read: Resource Review Issue

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Editorial By Abby Zwart and Steve Tuit If your classroom and home are anything like ours are, they’re filled with books. (And books are a family thing in the Tuit house: Once, when a school administrator noted that he was reading during his free time, the youngest of the family responded, “Yes. I’m a Tuit.” […]

Staff Reads: Our Experience with Summer Book Club

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*Please see this month’s editorial for more context on this article. Introduction: What We Did Becoming a “Lifelong Explorer” is one of our school’s “Portrait of a Graduate” goals for all students. As staff members and educators, we want to live into those same goals and values as we aim to mold students into the […]

Review of: Confronting Christianity

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I was teaching a grade twelve biblical studies class when something unexpected happened. In a class full of strong minds and bodies, I saw fear in my students’ eyes. They were afraid of University; not afraid of the workload or the professors, but afraid of not being able to answer the onslaught of questions about […]

Review of: The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal

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by Cory Nikkel and Matt Townsley The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal touts the expertise of two practitioners who have worked ceaselessly to make standards-based learning (SBL) the perfect fit for Champlain Valley School in Vermont. The authors quickly remind readers that SBL will not look and operate the same in every building and […]

Review of: How I Wish I’d Taught Maths

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Presentation Craig Barton, a British math teacher, introduces his topic in a humble fashion—unusual among educators. He endeavors to talk about being a math teacher, and so he begins with his qualifications. While he notes his bona fides as an “Outstanding” teacher with a national and international reputation, including work in Thailand and Cambodia, he […]

In Memory of Bert Witvoet

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Bert Witvoet edited the Christian Educators Journal for about ten years, starting in the fall of 1999 and continuing through 2009. That means he oversaw almost forty issues, covering virtually every aspect of teaching in Christian schools. He chose the themes, requested articles and columns, edited those articles (which often meant multiple drafts and phone […]

Ask Not for Whom the Final Bell Tolls . . . ; or, This Is How It Ends—Not with a Bang but with a Principal’s Whimper

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    Bedlam’s principal, Bentley VanderHaar, should have been relaxed. It was springtime, his favorite season. Trees were budding, flowers sprouting, and he was making arrangements for Bedlam’s graduation ceremonies. Apart from the incident with the black-footed ferrets and the peanut butter, there had been little mischief from the students. VanderHaar, however, was not relaxed. […]