Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Living Truths

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Blog Post

For a number of years, I used the Character Sketch books as a basis for our devotional time at school.  Each month, we focused on a specific character quality. Throughout the month, we learned in... Read More

What Do I See?

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

“It seems like no one cares about me!  No one wants to play with me.”  This was the perception Brenda shared.  I assured her that we do care about her, and tried to gently help her to see t... Read More

What Parents Want Most from Teachers

Contributor: Shari Zook | File type : Blog Post

What parents want most from teachers. Hm. Is this even a thing?Isn’t this like asking what a woman wants in a man? (The correct answer is: Which woman?)Some parents like a relaxed classroom,... Read More

Cultivating Healthy Class Discussions

Contributor: Peter Goertzen | File type : Blog Post

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... Read More

Attitude Matters

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Blog Post

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 w... Read More

Tools For Your Toolbox

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

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 n... Read More

How Can Parents Support Teachers? 12 Things You Can Do

Contributor: Shari Zook | File type : Blog Post

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 frie... Read More

Kingdom Responsibilities

Contributor: Betty Yoder | File type : Blog Post

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 ... Read More

Your Best, All Things Considered

Contributor: Lucinda J Miller | File type : Blog Post

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... Read More