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An Antidote For the iGeneration

Anita Yoder | Blog

We know the iGeneration refers to those who grew up with the knowledge of technology. Does it also suggest people whose lives center around me, me, me, what I want, and when I want it? Sometimes I wonder. What will a me-centric person do for their family and neighbors? How will an i-person learn to be aware of and serve… READ MORE

Cultivating Healthy Class Discussions

Stimulating, productive discussions are among the most rewarding classroom experiences for both teachers and students. But making them happen can be challenging. I’m not sure which is worse: the excruciating silence of unresponsive students, or the crescendo of chaos that builds as a class spins out of control. Here are some strategies that I’ve found helpful for promoting focused, energized… READ MORE

Attitude Matters

Usually I think of the words, “Me first!” in connection with students jumping in line ahead of others, eager to get the biggest and best of whatever is happening at the moment.  I equate it with selfishness and pride. But those same words fit perfectly with another line of thought.  When I step into my teacher role, I hear a… READ MORE

Tools For Your Toolbox

In this long stretch from beginning of the school year to Thanksgiving, the “honeymoon” is over. Here are some tools or ideas that can equip you to keep going. It’s not fair! “That’s not fair!  Joel got two marshmallows!”  One of the first-graders complained about the marshmallows after an excellent chapel service in which the speaker tossed marshmallows to the… READ MORE

How Can Parents Support Teachers? 12 Things You Can Do

One of the greatest gifts I have been given is the input of other adults into my children’s lives. Many adults give a little to them (extended family members, pastors, professionals, family friends), but their teachers give a lot. I essentially outsource my children’s training to them for six hours a day, five days a week, nine months a year.… READ MORE

Kingdom Responsibilities

The first year I taught school, I moved from Kansas to Spanish Lookout, Belize. I taught thirteen students in grades 1-3 at the Spanish Refugee school run by the Kleine Gemeinde Mennonites.  All but one of my students were native Spanish speakers. Four knew no English. I spoke no Spanish, had never been outside of the United States before this,… READ MORE

Your Best, All Things Considered

Lucinda J Miller | Blog, Elementary Teacher’s Blog

As a first grader who wanted to do things just right, I took seriously my teacher’s instructions to write neatly. I took her instructions so seriously that I continually erased and rewrote every imperfect letter, working to get each one absolutely perfect. At first, my teacher could not understand why I never got my work done in time. When she… READ MORE

Three Connecting Toys

Children love building, from their first wobbly stack of blocks all the way up to 3D puzzles and erector sets. Building is intensely satisfying. Connecting small pieces into a cohesive whole grows motor skills, develops hand-to-eye coordination, encourages creativity and teamwork, and helps to calm and focus the brain. In fact, I’ve not found a child who doesn’t benefit from… READ MORE

Consistency

Being consistent makes me tired!  And I am tired of trying to be consistent!  I know consistency is important, but it would be easier to just let some things go.  I also know I will be glad later on that I kept up with it now. I was leading my class to PE today, and heard stomping behind me.  I… READ MORE

Be Still

Recently, I became aware of how deeply I fear not having enough time to do all that needs to be done at school along with fulfilling responsibilities at home. This fear creates tension in my soul, wearies me physically, and is, plain and simple, sin. I had not consciously realized what a grip this monstrous tyrant had on me; it… READ MORE