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Colors of the School Year

Blue plaid for first-day dresses, carefully sewn by loyal mothers. Blue for vibrancy, excitement, stability: the color of winners. Blue for the verity of friendships forged in school days. Blue for fidelity, honor, courage at beginnings. White for freshness, an unmarked year unbroken, sharp and novel as the new crayons with the perfect point—like our brand-new lesson plans, not yet… READ MORE

Cultural Intelligence

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

There is only one place in the world where I can walk into the local TV station and get instant coverage just by picking up the mike, smiling into the camera, and announcing myself. That place is a First Nations reserve in the bush of northern Ontario, a stretch of dusty roads and broken-down trailer houses surrounded by endless strings… READ MORE

Taking Stock: A Classroom Shopping List

“Do you have paper bags?” “Can I have a plate?” Yes, to both questions—I have all kinds of things in my closet and desk! Over the years of teaching, I’ve found a number of items that are important to stock in my classroom, and other items that are nice to have on hand. I’ll share a list of items that… READ MORE

Developing Effective Study Skills

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

Many teachers assume high-school students already have good study skills. I mean, how hard can it be to read a textbook or take notes from a lecture? You would think that eight years of learning the three R’s would prepare students for high school, but I’ve learned that most students still need basic instruction on how to develop good study… READ MORE

A Servant Education: The Method and the Call

This is Part II of a collective effort by seven administrators of conservative Anabaptist schools. This group of administrators believes that our schools are poised to aid our churches and homes in the call to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. They offer this essay in hopes of seeding ongoing discussions throughout our communities about how… READ MORE

A Servant Education: The Vision

This essay is a collective effort by seven administrators of conservative Anabaptist schools. This group of administrators believes that our schools are poised to aid our churches and homes in the call to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. They offer this essay in hopes of seeding ongoing discussions throughout our communities about how to best… READ MORE

Creating a Culture of Gratitude

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

In the black of before-six one morning, I woke riveted by a thought. I grew up in a culture of gratitude. At home, at church, at school, I always heard, “Thank you.” Thank you for what You’ve given us. Thank you for the abundance of clothes and food we have which so many people don’t. Thank you for parents who… READ MORE

Top 10 Lessons for the Teacher

I was returning workbooks to my students, and to save a few steps, I gently tossed some books onto desks.  One of the children chided me, saying, “You really shouldn’t make a practice of that!” You’re right, Ryan, I really shouldn’t toss the books.  Lesson learned—the students watch the teacher very carefully, and pick up those words, gestures, and behaviors.… READ MORE

Muscles Have Memory

Anita Yoder | Blog

Alex Honnold is the first person to free-solo climb El Capitan, a 3,000-foot vertical cliff in Yosemite. National Geographic describes his practice routine: “He is obsessive about his training, which includes hour-long sessions every other day hanging by his fingertips and doing one- and two-armed pullups on a specially-made apparatus that he bolted into the doorway of his van. He… READ MORE

Be a Table Knife

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Ever hear a student complain that they’ll never use the algebra they’re struggling through? Or that diagrams in language arts have nothing to do with real life? The next time you hear statements like those, tell your students to be like a table knife. A table knife? Yes. Consider its many purposes. You can use a table knife to cut… READ MORE