Western Fellowship Teachers' Institute 2021

by Josh

These talks, workshops, and classes are from the 13th Annual Western Fellowship Teachers' Institute, held August 3-6, 2021. WFTI seeks to provide an organized way to edify, encourage, and equip Christian school teachers and school board members to give spiritual nourishment, provide academic excellence, and exercise proper administration in educating our children.
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Items in the series Western Fellowship Teachers' Institute 2021:

Building Reading Skills
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Reading is an extremely important part of our education. How can lower-grade teachers and middle grade teachers give students tools Read More...

Building Relational Skills
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Relationships can be complicated. We are not some sort of inanimate objects with no feelings. How can we teach our Read More...

Building Writing Skills
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Why is writing so important? How can I get my students to enjoy it? Pass it on:

Anabaptist History: Session 1
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A session on Anabaptist history that looks at Anabaptist beginnings and dispersion in Europe. Pass it on:

Fueling the Fire
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Perhaps you can light a fire in your students, but fire needs fuel. How can we motivate students to use Read More...

Effective Discipline: Grades 4-7
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Effective discipline starts with a disciplined teacher. What are some tools that can be used to effectively promote and preserve Read More...

Building Analytical Skills
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Think. Just think. Yes, but how? What does it mean to analyze? What are key concepts in analyzing a scenario? Read More...

A Life-Lesson Learned
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Sometimes life is the best teacher. In this presentation from WFTI 2021, teachers share lessons they learned from life. Pass Read More...

Courage and Serenity
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A workshop session for ladies on budgeting, managing, and investing one’s emotional capital. Pass it on:

Book Reports
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Presenters at WFTI summarize, review, and recommend books of interest to teachers. Pass it on:

Effective Oratory
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Some people can say in 5 minutes what other people say in 15 minutes. Enough said. Pass it on:

The World of Science: Session 3
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What do we teach when we teach science: a body of knowledge about the physical world or a process for Read More...

Effective Discipline: Grades 8-12
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Effective discipline starts with a disciplined teacher. What are some tools that can be used to effectively promote and preserve Read More...

Effective Discipline: Grades 1-3
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Effective discipline starts with a disciplined teacher. What are some tools that can be used to effectively promote and preserve Read More...

Discerning Fairly
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Discernment is needed in many facets of school. What are some steps that can be taken to ensure fair discernment Read More...

Anabaptist History: Session 2
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A session on Anabaptist history that looks at migration from Europe to numerous locations in America. Pass it on:

Board: Effective School Management
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What does the board need to do to be effective? What does it take to really get things done to Read More...

Educating For the Kingdom
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Schools are the training grounds for citizens of the Kingdom of God. It is imperative that schools and teachers make Read More...

Board: Taking the Lead
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Do your teachers ever come away from board meetings wondering what got decided? Did you lead out in the board Read More...

Relationships: Session 2
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What is the purpose of our relationships? To be instruments in the hands of God. Pass it on:

Relationships: Session 3
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What tools do we have for dealing with relationships in crisis? This talk considers working relationships and the practical side Read More...

Smart Classroom Management
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Are there some techniques that perhaps are smart and some that are not so smart? How can we focus on Read More...

Specialties of a Servant Heart
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What are the distinct qualities of a servant heart? What specialties enable you to serve the world and people around Read More...

Texts for Teachers: Session 1
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What are the texts at the heart of the Biblical message and Christian worldview? How do we weave them into Read More...

Texts for Teachers: Session 2
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What are the texts at the heart of the Biblical message and Christian worldview? How do we weave them into Read More...

Texts for Teachers: Session 3
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What are the texts at the heart of the Biblical message and Christian worldview? How do we weave them into Read More...

Texts for Teachers: Session 4
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What are the texts at the heart of the Biblical message and Christian worldview? How do we weave them into Read More...

The English Language: Session 1
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A class on the history of the English language and teaching English grammar. Focuses primarily on upper grade English. Pass Read More...

The English Language: Session 2
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A class on the history of the English language and teaching English grammar. Focuses primarily on upper grade English. Pass Read More...

The English Language: Session 3
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A class on the history of the English language and teaching English grammar. Focuses primarily on upper grade English. Pass Read More...

The Power of Math: Session 1
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What is the language of math? How do we teach it to students? This class considers mathematics as a meaningful Read More...

The Power of Math: Session 2
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What is the language of math? How do we teach it to students? This class considers mathematics as a meaningful Read More...

The Power of Math: Session 3
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What is the language of math? How do we teach it to students? This class considers mathematics as a meaningful Read More...

The Seven Laws of Teaching
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A class on John Milton Gregory’s classic The Seven Laws of Teaching. Pass it on:

The Teacher's Persona
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A teacher’s persona is about his or her personality, yet there’s more to it than that. What is persona? Should Read More...

The Teacher's Realm of Authority
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

This topic is about relating to my authority in the classroom. What is within my realm of authority? How do Read More...

The Value of PTA
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What is the value of parent-teacher meetings? Parents and teachers are on the same team; it’s important that they communicate Read More...

The World of Science: Session 1
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What do we teach when we teach science: a body of knowledge about the physical world or a process for Read More...

The World of Science: Session 2
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What do we teach when we teach science: a body of knowledge about the physical world or a process for Read More...

Relationships: Session 1
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What do you love? Who are you? We rely on our relationships to give us a sense of place, identity, Read More...

Relating to Special Needs
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

We don’t have all the answers, but it’s nice to have some. Understanding the needs can then help us relate Read More...

Procedures for Managing a Multi-Grade Classroom
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Managing a classroom requires clear procedures. This is the key takeaway of this sesssion on classroom management. Pass it on:

Organized and Efficient
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Organization begets efficiency. Learn organizational tips and techniques that will promote efficiency in your classroom this coming year. Pass it Read More...

Novice Teacher Training: Presources
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

What resources does a first-year teacher take into the classroom? A lot, actually. This session challenges novice teachers to identify Read More...

Novice Teacher Training: Presentation
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

How do you present content in a way that appeals to your students, that “sells” them on truth? Three steps: Read More...

Novice Teacher Training: Preparation
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Am I prepared to teach school? Where do I start? What is most important? This class will give you techniques Read More...

Novice Teacher Training: Prelude
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

An introduction to the Novice Teacher’s Training Track at WFTI 2021. Pass it on:

Novice Teacher Training: Pitfalls
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Why do many teachers quit teaching soon after they start? What are the common pitfalls? Awareness of the pitfalls is Read More...

Nature's Surprises
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A shallow look at nature yields a few surprises, but when we dig in and spend some extra time with Read More...

Music Skills: Upper Grades
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Music is something most of us enjoy. Certain skills can be a blessing to help us learn new songs, understand Read More...

Music Skills: Lower Grades
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Music is something most of us enjoy. Certain skills can be a blessing to help us learn new songs, understand Read More...

Loving Impartially
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Love considers others, even when we don’t fully understand what others may be facing. Each child should be loved and Read More...

Listening Well
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Often if you stop and really listen, you can hear more than you might first guess. Listening to students, parents, Read More...

Lighting the World
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

School life is about learning, but what the students are learning should be practical and should enable our students to Read More...

Joyful Music: Upper Grades
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Once we have learned the basics, let’s move on to the warmups, enjoyable things to do with music, and song Read More...

Joyful Music: Lower Grades
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Once we have learned the basics, let’s move on to the warmups, enjoyable things to do with music, and song Read More...

Igniting the Flame
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

Inspire your students by being an inspiring teacher. Show them things that will make them love to learn. What does Read More...

Identifying Special Needs
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

How do I identify a student who may learn differently? What are some things to look for to help me Read More...

Homemaking As A Ministry
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

The home is a powerful platform for ministry, the ultimate place to nurture a love for God in children. Pass Read More...

Anabaptist History: Session 3
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

A session on Anabaptist history that traces various branches of Mennonites and Amish in America. Pass it on:

Communicating Clearly
Publication Date: 2021-06-08

You must communicate as a teacher, but is your communication clear? Clear communication involves understanding your audience and building on Read More...

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