Jonas Sauder

Jonas completed forty years of Christian school teaching and administration in 2013. His current work in Christian education includes teaching summer term classes at Faith Builders, leading workshops for the CLE fall workshop tour, developing curriculum for CLE, and chairing the CASBI planning committee. Jonas is interested in literature (particularly poetry), writing, history, and general pedagogy.

103 Contributions

"Scarlet Letter" Questions
Publication Date: 2017-05-20 | File type: Teaching Material

This document provides study questions for “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Page numbers are A Beka’s “Beginnings of American Read More...

Principal's Evaluation
Publication Date: 2016-03-19 | File type: Document

This one-page evaluation form was designed for soliciting board members’ assessments of the principal or administrator. It can easily be Read More...

Sample Prospective Teacher Questionnaire
Publication Date: 2018-03-30 | File type: Document

At CASBI 2018, John Risser shared this sample questionnaire for use with prospective teachers. Feel free to adapt the content Read More...

What do Teachers Expect of their Principals?
Publication Date: 2018-03-30 | File type: Document

This list of expectations was compiled as a joint staff activity by a faculty of ten by invitation of their Read More...

Christian School Principals Read and Lead
Publication Date: 2018-03-30 | File type: Document

This post describes ten aspects of the school program that principals must constantly be aware of and monitor for the Read More...

52 Team Activity Ideas
Publication Date: 2018-04-17 | File type: Teaching Material

From mental math to local trivia, this document contains 52 activities for teams to complete. The tasks were collected for Read More...

Laying a Solid Pre-School Foundation
Publication Date: 2018-05-22 | File type: Document

How should parents prepare their children for school (and life in general)? How does a school assess whether a child Read More...

Questions for Handbook of Creative Teaching
Publication Date: 2018-08-25 | File type: Document

This is a set of questions based on Rod & Staff’s Handbook for Creative Teaching intended to help the aspiring Read More...

Religious Issues in American History: Outline of Topics and Resources
Publication Date: 2018-10-20 | File type: Document

“American history teachers should be sure to trace the variety of religious issues that infuse the story.” Jonas offers this Read More...

Encouraging Good Reading and Writing: Library Considerations
Publication Date: 2019-02-12 | File type: Curricular

What are the essentials in teaching children to read and write well? In this collection, Jonas offers considerations on literature, Read More...

What Is Good Literature?
Publication Date: 2019-02-15 | File type: Article

On a school administrators’ email group, Darrell Hershberger posed this question: What makes literature worthwhile? We’re working on coming to Read More...

Planning School Devotions for the Year
Publication Date: 2019-04-06 | File type: Document

What is the purpose for devotions? Are they another chance to practice your program songs, or a meaningful opportunity for Read More...

Sample Guidelines for Christian School Library
Publication Date: 2019-06-17 | File type: Curricular

This document contains guidelines for developing a Christian school library and a reviewer’s checklist. Use it, modifying as needed, to Read More...

Board, Principals, and Administrators: Who Does What?
Publication Date: 2019-11-06 | File type: Document

The document below delineates distinctive responsibilities of boards and principals/administrators (some schools use one title; some the other) and then Read More...

Study Questions for Handbook for Creative Teaching
Publication Date: 2020-03-13 | File type: Document

For high school student teaching, Jonas offers a set of questions on Handbook for Creative Teaching by David L Martin Read More...

Basic Lesson Plan Template
Publication Date: 2020-03-13 | File type: Document

Jonas offers the lesson plan template below as a guide for high school students participating in a teacher apprenticing program. Read More...

Classroom Observation Form
Publication Date: 2020-03-13 | File type: Document

Jonas developed this template for the use of student teachers who are observing classes as part of their training. Download Read More...

Seeking a Right Way: Preparing for Schooling at Home
Publication Date: 2020-04-21 | File type: Article

In this essay, Jonas reflects on what we can learn from the coronavirus shutdown. How should schools plan for the Read More...

Biographies to Consider
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

Jonas lists notable people and instructive lives. Download this worksheet now or read it below. Pass it on:

Writing Biography
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

Jonas describes the value of writing biography and offers scheduling and grading help for such projects. Download this worksheet now Read More...

Types of Reading
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

Jonas describes types of fiction and non-fiction and provides examples. Download this worksheet now or read it below. Pass it Read More...

Good Reads Handout
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

This list suggests positive books for each grade level. Download this worksheet now or read it below. Pass it on:

Developing Oral Skills
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

How and why should students learn to speak? Jonas outlines this essential skill. Download this worksheet now or read it Read More...

Developing Writing Assignments Based on Reading
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

Jonas offers a variety of writing assignments, some requiring more preparation than others. Download this worksheet now or read it Read More...

Writing Assignments Connected to the Curriculum
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

Jonas urges writing assignments related to a variety of subjects–not merely in writing class. Download this worksheet now or read Read More...

The Role of Play in Growth
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

Why play? Is all play the same? Is play something different from learning? Download this worksheet now or read it Read More...

Grading Difficult Subjects
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

Grading a math worksheet is one thing. What about creative writing? Art? Download this worksheet now or read it below. Read More...

Preparing for Schooling at Home
Publication Date: 2020-04-24 | File type: Curricular

Jonas outlines a new model for schooling which would enable schools to sustainably provide home-based instruction. Download this worksheet now Read More...

Comprehensive Study Guide for Amos Fortune: Free Man
Publication Date: 2020-05-02 | File type: Teaching Material

These questions, comments and suggested activities can stimulate deep engagement with the story of Amos Fortune’s life in a way Read More...

Unprecedented Times? The Pandemic in Its Historical Context
Publication Date: 2020-05-07 | File type: Blog Post

I suppose I’ve heard the term unprecedented used more often in the last six weeks than I have in the Read More...

Seeds to Carry with Us: Anabaptist Values in the New Normal
Publication Date: 2020-05-07 | File type: Blog Post

We know that our spiritual heritage and teachings and life come first. (Seek ye first…) My purpose in writing is Read More...

Educating in Changing Times
Publication Date: 2020-06-23 | File type: Article

Resources for Schooling at Home A ship lost at sea for many days suddenly sighted a friendly vessel. From the Read More...

Classroom Visits
Publication Date: 0000-00-00 | File type: Document

This document outlines a CASBI address on the value and purpose of classroom visits from parents, board members, ministers, and Read More...

Classroom Observation Checklists
Publication Date: 0000-00-00 | File type: Document

This document includes two checklists—one for general visitors and one for principals—to help guide classroom observations and to document observations Read More...

A Christian Philosophy of Education
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2000-06-01

David Burkey explains the Christian relationship with knowledge. Because of the way God has revealed himself, we ought to be Read More...

Applying the Philosophy of Education
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1995-01-10

Jonas considers, first, the work of the school: the value of education is in helping us see Christ’s work in Read More...

Asking Effective Questions (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2009-12-31

Why do we ask questions? Jonas discusses the improved engagement and understanding that comes from questions well asked. Courtesy Christian Read More...

Countering Snooze Abuse: Training the Will
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-01-10

Jonas teaches on the importance of the will in human development and gives reasons and methods for properly training a Read More...

Cultivating an Anabaptist Worldview in Students (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2013-12-31

Jonas showcases stories and other methods of influencing the worldview of our people. Courtesy Christian Light Education (CLE). Pass it Read More...

Curriculum Development: Textbook Selection
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1998-08-01

How do we teach children to think of all things as they belong to God’s world? Jonas calls us to Read More...

Dealing with Disrespect Respectfully (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2009-12-31

How do we deal with disrespect? Jonas encourages us to seek solutions for the underlying causes of disrespect. Courtesy Christian Read More...

Developing Christlike Thinking; Secondary (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2012-12-31

We can easily be influences subconsciously by our culture, says Jonas, but the Lord calls us to take every thought Read More...

Developing Levels of Reading Comprehension (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2013-12-31

Simply reading a passage does not mean that we understand its terms and their implications. Jonas offers activities to increase Read More...

Discerning the Times
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2013-03-02

When does apparent stability introduce change? When does apparent change offer stability? Courtesy CASBI. Pass it on:

Geometry and Thinking Skills (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2012-12-31

Geometry, and spatial thinking, offers practical solutions for daily life, says Jonas. Courtesy Christian Light Education (CLE). Pass it on:

Honor All Men (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2009-12-31

Jonas discusses the application of respect and honor in day-to-day school life. Courtesy, says Jonas, shows the honor with which Read More...

How Teachers Can Stimulate and Encourage Each Other
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1999-03-27

Although there is value in using outside resources, Jonas reminds teachers not to neglect to contribute to and receive from Read More...

Improving Word Usage (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2015-12-31

Jonas begins with meditations on the power of words to bring life and make commitments. Words are not merely arbitrary Read More...

Living Approaches in Social Studies
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-01-10

Jonas demonstrates his approach to using literature in the classroom, and includes selections from Amos Fortune, Freeman, The Bronze Bow, and Around Read More...

Our Incorruptible Heritage
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1999-08-08

God is here. Even if we are not walking with Him, He has established a real inheritance for every one. Read More...

Owning the Vision for Anabaptist Education
File type: Video | Publication Date: 2017-03-28

Download video Reflecting on his forty years of teaching and administration in Lancaster County Anabaptist schools, Jonas wonders why there Read More...

Practical Ways to Support the Faculty
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2015-03-06

The teacher is the most essential part of a Christian school classroom. Jonas discusses how a board and community can Read More...

Preparation for Service at Home (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2015-12-31

Jonas examines the affections and attitudes of the heart that enable service. Service starts, says Jonas, with caring. How do Read More...

Preparation for Service in the Body of Christ (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2015-12-31

Jonas reminds us that we are called to serve out of love for our Master. He draws our minds to Read More...

Reading, Writing, and Speaking Across the Curriculum, Part I
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2001-08-08

Writing can be an effective way to respond to or interact with the subjects of history, math, and science. Jonas Read More...

Reading, Writing, and Speaking Across the Curriculum, Part II
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2001-08-08

In the second part of the series on reading, writing, and speaking across the curriculum, Jonas focuses on the role Read More...

Reading, Writing, and Speaking Across the Curriculum, Part III
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2001-08-08

Jonas continues with activities that promote deeper integration of learning, including asking questions of people in history and paraphrasing familiar Read More...

Recommendations for Parents and Preschoolers (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2013-12-31

What should a child know or be able to do before going to school? Jonas discusses readiness skills. Courtesy Christian Read More...

Serving Students with Learning Needs (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2015-12-31

We all process ideas differently, Jonas points out, and these differences do not necessarily indicate learning disabilities. To learn, we Read More...

Teacher Literacy
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1999-03-27

A teacher has the opportunity to cultivate the attitude of the learner among her pupils by herself being a learner. Read More...

Teaching Reading, Part I
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1997-08-05

Jonas evaluates the elements of reading and how it should we taught. As a child’s skills in reading improve, he Read More...

Teaching Reading, Part II
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1997-08-05

In part 2 of the session on reading, Jonas discusses follow-up tasks for reading work. He covers categories and uses Read More...

Teaching Secondary English
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1999-08-10

Jonas encourages educators to expand their reading and writing programs. Excellence in these skills benefits other subject areas. Courtesy FBEP. Read More...

Think on These Things (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2012-12-31

Our thought patterns affect our ability to process information. Our minds must be formatted in the ways of God. Courtesy Read More...

Understanding Pupils, Teaching the Lesson, Part I
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2000-08-09

What is school? Jonas begins by challenging new and experienced teachers to consider their attitudes towards schooling. The way we Read More...

Understanding Pupils, Teaching the Lesson, Part II
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2000-08-09

How do you go beyond talking to really teach? The overview of teaching continues with a discussion of preparing and Read More...

Understanding Pupils, Teaching the Lesson, Part III
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2000-08-10

A teacher must do more than impart information. A teacher is a trainer, one who shapes the pupils in his Read More...

Understanding Pupils, Teaching the Lesson, Part IV
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2000-08-10

How do we ask questions to stimulate interest? Grounded in the teaching example of Jesus, Jonas gives advice for building Read More...

Understanding Pupils, Teaching the Lesson, Part V
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2000-08-10

Jonas deals with children’s insecurities, and ways teachers should minister to their middle-school students’ spiritual needs. Courtesy FBEP. Pass it Read More...

Understanding Pupils, Teaching the Lesson, Part VI
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2000-08-11

In the final installment of the series, Jonas addresses teaching methods and spiritual practices for working with high school students. Read More...

Understanding the People You Serve
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1999-03-27

How can we meet the expectations of the people we serve? Jonas points us to serve others with our eyes Read More...

Using Questions for Maximum Learning
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 1999-03-27

Questions, says Jonas, are powerful tools for training students in the discipline of learning. Courtesy FBEP. Pass it on:

Where Are the Teachers?
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-01-10

Jonas addresses the difficulty we face in finding teachers, and a forward looking effort towards a solution. Courtesy CASBI. Pass it on:

Can You Imagine? An Essential Task of the Teacher
File type: Video | Publication Date: 2017-08-02

What will your teaching look like if it’s successful? What will it take to get there? Imagination, says Jonas, is Read More...

Why Should We Attend CASBI?
File type: Video | Publication Date: 2017-03-28

Jonas explains why school board members, administrators, and ministers need events at which to connect with others who share these Read More...

Your Teacher's Influence
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2018-03-02

Jonas reflects on the profound influence teachers have in the lives of children. Pass it on:

Teacher Orientation: Expectations & Preparation (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2008-10-14

We will look together at the role and responsibilities of the teacher in light of the expectations of students, parents, Read More...

Teacher Orientation: Managing the Classroom (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2008-10-14

Teaching is intensely personal. Students have minds, abilities, and wills that sometimes foil our lesson plans. They may be so Read More...

Cultivating The Affections (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2012-10-14

Every student brings an attitude along to school. How can teachers help students discipline their attitudes? Pass it on:

Training The Will (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2012-10-14

Students make choices every day. How can teachers train them to freely, cheerfully and willingly will to do their best? Read More...

Shaping The Mind (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2012-10-14

Students can study identical content, yet develop different thought processes. How can teachers influence students’ thinking? Pass it on:

Developing Speaking Skills across the Curriculum
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2012-10-14

Sometimes students can learn to express clearly articulated thoughts better in settings that are not formally called public speaking. We Read More...

The Teacher Is the School
File type: Video | Publication Date: 2018-03-03

Are you aware of your influence? Methods, materials, and facilities: while these are important, Jonas underlines the influence of the Read More...

Can't He, or Won't He? (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2013-08-03

When a child doesn’t perform according to our expectations, what are some of the root causes? Is the issue we Read More...

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2013-08-03

This presentation considers ways to cultivate childrenÂ’s reading comprehension skills through a variety of oral and written activities that can Read More...

Essential Personal Qualities of Teachers (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2013-08-03

No amount of skill or training can replace the need for essential inner qualities of a teacherÂ’s heart. Teachers must Read More...

Cultivating Wisdom from Literature (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-10-14

Studying quality literature influences how you live life from that day forward. You may gain knowledge, inspiration, warning, or motivation. Read More...

Developing Oral Skills (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-10-14

Oral communication is the ability to put knowledge into words. This talk looks at opportunities to cultivate this important life Read More...

Laying a Solid Foundation in Preschool (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-10-14

First-grade teachers expect that six-year-olds come to school with a solid foundation ready for formal reading instruction. Without that foundation, Read More...

Stories of Wisdom (Jonas Sauder & Jonathan Erb)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-10-14

Enjoy a family-oriented evening as two presenters alternate with stories that illustrate wisdom from various school disciplines–nature, history, human interst, Read More...

Stories of Wisdom (Jonas Sauder & Ken Kauffman)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-10-14

Enjoy a family-oriented evening as two presenters alternate with stories that illustrate wisdom from various school disciplines–nature, history, human interest, Read More...

Essential Personal Qualities of Teachers (Jonas Sauder)
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2017-08-03

No amount of skill or training can supplant the need for cultivating the inner qualities of the teacherÂ’s heart. All Read More...

Why Teach Literature? by Jonas Sauder
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2019-01-03

What is the value of teaching classic literature to children? Jonas explains that with literature, students connect to reality in Read More...

Love, Hate, Manipulate: Communicating Effectively with Unhappy Parents
File type: Video | Publication Date: 2019-03-02

What are practical ways to interact with manipulative parents? What is the core problem with manipulative parents? What’s underneath the Read More...

The Effective Use of Committees
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2019-03-02

As a member of the school board, you are responsible for overseeing many aspects of the school: finding staff, facilitating Read More...

To Understand and Do: Teaching Literature for Life Change
File type: Video | Publication Date: 2019-03-01

How important is literature in your school’s curriculum? How can you lead your students to godliness through poems, stories, and Read More...

The Heart of Teaching: Engaging with Students and Content
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2018-08-09

Why do we teach? What is the center of center of teaching? How do we bring teaching to life? Pass Read More...

CASBI 2020 Panel Discussion
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2020-03-07

In a heartfelt discussion, panelists explore current issues in Anabaptist schools: How does technology affect our children, and what we Read More...

The Principal: Proactive Initiatives
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2020-03-07

This session is part of the series on the role of the principal or administrator. A team needs a captain, Read More...

Ten-Minute Presentations: Hybrid Classroom, Technology, Victims in the Classroom, Finding and Training Teachers
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2020-03-07

Speakers offer a brief presentation of topics relevant to conservative Anabaptist schools: Individualized/Conventional Hybrid School: What are the pros and Read More...

Laying a Solid Preschool Foundation
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2019-08-01

Because of current parenting trends, fresh attention is needed to encourage parents to ensure their children are getting the solid Read More...

Can These Bones Live? Finding the Life in the Subjects
File type: Video | Publication Date: 2020-08-21

The call of the school: Connecting the heart of the subject, the student, and the teacher. How can teachers as Read More...

Developing Public Speaking Skills Across the Curriculum
File type: Audio | Publication Date: 2010-08-09

“Read for a full mind, write for a precise mind, and speak for a ready mind.” Sir Francis Bacon (modified) Read More...

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