Seven Creative Ways to Promote Reading

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Reading opens the door to academic and career success, imagination, knowledge, understanding of others, compassion, and so much more. As educators, we can give students no greater gift than positive reading experiences and sufficient opportunity to practice the skill. Need suggestions? Here are a few creative ideas I’ve tried as a teacher or learned from others. DEAR: Drop Everything and… READ MORE

Why You Need a Bluetooth Earpiece

As a 20-year-old, I had a burning desire to be a missionary pilot.  But I didn’t look forward to just one thing about the job.  I didn’t like the need for continual education. So after a failed attempt at pilot training, I decided to pour my energy into a new field: education.  Was I ever surprised to realize the need… READ MORE

Blessed With ADHD

After I read an article in which a teacher discussed relating to different groups of students, I commented to a friend that I think “my kind” of students are the ADHD children. My friend agreed, “Yes, you do well with them.” This is not her area—she understands those with the emotional and mental needs better. The teacher in the article… READ MORE

Navigating Transition Times

Every object, said Mr. Newton, tends to remain at rest, or to continue in a straight line until compelled to change by external forces. The same is true of children, who have an inordinate fondness for continuing to do what they are already doing. What external forces are effective in transitioning children peacefully from one activity to another? With people… READ MORE

Children Have a Right to be Educated?

In 1852, Massachusetts rallied the troops for a headlong charge down the compulsory education path. Since that time, America has been functioning on the basis that every child has a right to an education. One hundred fifty years downstream, we must ask ourselves where “education as a child’s right” has taken us. This 27-year veteran and many other public-school teachers… READ MORE

Transforming Squabbles

In the last several weeks I have heard myself repeatedly telling my students about my growing conviction that recess is a very important part of the day.  It truly is. Active playtime is consistent with how God created our bodies. It also offers regular and precious opportunities to mentor relationships as we discuss how sportsmanship.  Because respecting others and apologizing… READ MORE

Using Maps and Genealogies to Understand the Bible’s Story Line

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

I still remember reciting the seven continents with my fellow small-bodied second graders, remember the exact rhythm and tone of our voices rising in unison: “Asia. Africa. North America. South America. Antarctica. Europe. Australia!” My teacher sometimes had us do map drills, where we’d stand in front of the big wall map—fascinating for all its strange shapes and strange words—and… READ MORE

Spot Checks, Hooks, and Sweet Rewards: Ideas for Elementary Math

Recently as I recounted several math ideas I find beneficial in the classroom, I thought perhaps sharing them could inspire another teacher.  After all, don’t we regularly beg, borrow, and steal ideas? I imagine that you too rarely swallow another teacher’s idea whole; almost invariably it requires at least a bit of chewing to fit both you as the teacher… READ MORE

Lessons from Little People

Caleb handed me a tiny scrap as he walked past. I wondered why he was giving me this trash. He muttered, “Look inside.” I unfolded it to find a note he had written, “I luve you.” Not trash after all, but a treasure!Today I received an interesting gift...

2018 Survey Results: Useful Tools

Lucas Hilty | Blog, Recommended Resources

In this post, we continue digesting the input from the 85 Anabaptist educators who filled out our survey. For Part 1 of the results, which includes demographic profiles of respondents and the types of curricula and resources their schools make available, go here. How valuable are these tools to you? We asked respondents to rate the value of a number… READ MORE