Video and Audio Series

Are They Ready? Evaluating a Child’s Preparation for First Grade

Contributor: Kayla Yoder | Length : 5 | File type : Video

Tracking a child's age is not difficult, but maturity can be can different matter. How do teachers and parents assess whether a child is ready to thrive in school? Kayla describes the social and acade... Read More

Remember to STAR: Honing Communication Skills in Reading Class

Contributor: Bethany Peachey | Length : 5 | File type : Video

In reading class, students practice the reading skills that allow them to spend time in a book all by themselves. But reading is not merely a private affair. How can you make reading class an opportun... Read More

Grooming a Story

Contributor: Jim Morrison | Length : 15 | File type : Audio

Why are some stories powerful, while others fall flat? Jim encourages us to tell stories with economy, empathy, universality, and tension--and offers plenty of example stories. This excerpt wa... Read More

Teaching is Bigger Than I Am: Facing Inadequacy and Maintaining Vision

Contributor: Steve Kaufman | Length : 6

Are you strong enough to teach? Steve has been in the classroom for more than 16 years. Teaching, he says, is too big a job for anyone. What do you do with the reality of your inadequacy? Listen to... Read More

Learning How to Learn: How Kindergarten Prepares Students for First Grade

Contributor: Kayla Yoder | Length : 6 | File type : Video

Every spring, 5- and 6-year-olds file into the first grade classroom at Elida Mennonite School. They are here for kindergarten, their introduction to the world of classroom learning. What can they lea... Read More

Choose Your Attitude

Contributor: Anthony Hurst | Length : 3 | File type : Audio

Does the thought of teaching invigorate you, or has the classroom become misery? Anthony calls us to depend, always, on the Lord, and to curb the influences that can drag down our teaching. ... Read More

Civitas: A Classroom Game for Learning How Civilizations Grow

Contributor: Austin Shenk | Length : 3 | File type : Video

What does it take to sustain a city? How can your students appreciate the work and resources required to make their daily lives comfortable? Austin wanted to send his students into the wilderness to e... Read More

Spell It Wrong, Spell It Right: The Game of Getting It Wrong

Contributor: Keith Brubacher | Length : 4 | File type : Video

Could your students benefit from more variety in spelling review? Keith shares a spelling review technique that invites students to misspell purposely—only so that their classmates can correct them.... Read More

Is Your Classroom a Place of Peace?

Contributor: Sheldon Kauffman | Length : 7 | File type : Audio

Is your classroom a place of peace? Peaceful classrooms allow children to learn, says Sheldon. Even those with learning disabilities benefit from structure, order, and grace. In this excerpt from a... Read More

Random Acts of Integrity: An Easy Way to Keep Students Accountable for Self-Checking

Contributor: David Miller | Length : 2 | File type : Video

If your school uses self-paced instruction, self-checking can help students and teachers. Students can identify and correct their own errors and the teacher saves time. But how do you help students ma... Read More