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 […]

Making Stories: Law, Literature, Life

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As is the case in any good story, Jerome Bruner’s book about stories includes a significant number of unexpected twists. This is no accident, as the author’s goal is to explore the central role that narratives play in helping us to make sense of life’s many reversals (28). The book’s subtitle suggests its first big […]

Shepherding a Child’s Heart

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If you ask someone why they became a teacher, it is doubtful that anyone would answer with: “I just love disciplining children.” Most go into the profession because they either want to make a difference in children’s lives or make a difference in society, or simply because they have a deep love for the subject […]

What Happened in Aslan’s Classroom?

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C.S. Lewis’s book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe allows Christians to taste the grace of God and love of Jesus. We are all thrilled to see Aslan’s resurrection from the valley of the shadow of death where the Witch had led him. The next scene describes Aslan’s visit to the Witch’s courtyard, where […]

Psalm 23 for the Elementary Teacher

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The Lord is my teacher; I won’t miss out on anything I need. He makes me take a nap after lunch; He takes me on field trips where he knows I will learn a lot. He tells me I’m special to him. He teaches me how to get along well with my classmates, because I […]

Teaching Young Offenders: A Spirituality of Practice

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Teaching Young Offenders

  Reflecting back on my own career in education, first as a secondary music teacher, then as principal of an elementary school, I recall my expressed desire to “make a difference in the world” as the reason for my vocation. Idealistic and naive words, coming from a hopeful young lover of music and art and […]

The Spiritual Lessons of Emerging Adulthood

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The Spiritual Lessons of Emerging Adulthood

The student’s words unsettled me. We had been discussing the topic of courage, the letting go of our fears so that we could become a source of blessing and wisdom. Then we read together a quote, “We are able to live with this degree of courage, reflected in focus and passion, only if we are […]