Climbing inside His Skin

James A Goering II | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

“Who is my neighbor?” When the lawyer tempting Him asked this question, Jesus responded with the story of the Good Samaritan. A man was robbed, beaten, and left for dead. A priest and a Levite passed the injured man, but were unwilling to help. Finally, a Samaritan stopped and helped the injured man. At the end of His parable, Jesus… READ MORE

How Do I Make Them Feel?

“Forty-one students?  How do you expect me to teach 41?”  complained the first-grade teacher in her students’ hearing. How did this make them feel?  Some children felt unwanted, and many years later related this story, remembering the teacher as being grouchy.  This teacher also commented to a student, regarding his name, “Where did your mother ever come up with a… READ MORE

Jonny and the Pencil: An Object Lesson on Letting Jesus Help

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

The most memorable object lesson I heard as a child was told to me by an old preacher with a gray beard. I don’t remember the preacher’s name, but I remember his story. It went something like this: Once, a long time ago, lived a little boy named Jonny. Now Jonny was six years old and ready to go to… READ MORE


“Teachers have a big impact and people remember their teachers years later.  I had lots of great teachers and they impacted and shaped who I am today.  Whenever I think of my favorite teacher, I think of Miss B because she really cared for you and was willing to help.  That was my favorite year and I loved going to… READ MORE

Place Yourself in the Feet of a Child

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Years after my childhood, I returned to the school I once attended. The rooms of the building were empty and cool, the tiled hallways vacant. A musty smell lingered in closets and in corners of classrooms. My feet sounded loud on the floor. When I was young, small bodies that seemed large to me sat in rowed desks, and teachers… READ MORE

Organizational Systems for Teachers

James A Goering II | Blog, High School Teacher’s Blog

Teaching is a stressful job. Teachers must prepare classes, grade student work, plan special activities, and deal with relationship issues. You have so much to do and so much to remember that you inevitably forget something. Forgetting isn’t usually a disaster, but it adds anxiety to an already demanding job. For many years, I didn’t take time to establish a… READ MORE

Education’s Purpose

Darrell Hershberger | High School Teacher’s Blog

I have long been fascinated with Booker T. Washington and his methods of education as displayed at the Tuskegee Institute in the late 19th century. Washington firmly believed that education, especially for the African American race at that time, was to consist mainly of practical knowledge and skills that could be used to build up and better the life of… READ MORE

Fun by the Stack: Great Titles for Beginning Readers

I love books. I could dream them and wear them and eat them for breakfast. I have a special place in my heart for children’s books. But the hardest age for me to find appropriate reading material for is the emerging reader—the child who is learning to read well, but is not yet up to the challenge of most chapter… READ MORE

Open-Ended Math

Over the last several years, I have spent significant time trying to understand and implement the best methods for teaching mathematics–especially to students who think they don’t like mathematics. Several ideas have risen to the top, but the very best is this:  Students should be given the opportunity to engage with real problems that require significant effort, but are within… READ MORE

Another Year!

“How do you wash these crayons?” asked a student.  I was puzzled—why does she want to wash her crayons?  Kayla showed me the box of crayons. It said “Washable Crayons.”  I explained that you don’t wash the crayons, rather the crayon marking would wash out of clothing. There are many new aspects to a new school year.  It is exciting… READ MORE