Teachers should be people who understand the times and are wise about teaching truth. John D. Martin lists four concerns that he urges teachers to address: teaching young children to carry a tune, having children participate in singing, teaching songs rich in truth, and not neglecting historical music in favor of modern tunes.
The purpose of this talk is to help inform us of the broader context of the New Testament in general and of the Gospels in particular. In what ways was the time of Jesus similar to that of the Old Testament, and in what ways was it different? And how did these similarities and differences help create the ‘fullness of… READ MORE
“The success of today is the strength to face tomorrow.” Struggling students may seldom find the satisfaction of success. Mr. Whitt explains how he helped several students in his classroom succeed. This clip is taken from Peter Whitt’s talk “Working with the Struggling Student” at Teachers’ Week 2008.
Sacrifice: This word sounds like deprivation, joyless asceticism, even like suffering. Certainly it does not sound like joy. But could it be that our instincts are wrong on this matter, that in a right-sideup world, joy and sacrifice are not mutually exclusive, but are actually blood brothers?
This moving recording was created by the Canadian Mennonite Central Committee in 1996. As it is no longer widely available, Jonathan Erb received permission from MCC Candada to distribute it on this site. From the description on the CommonWord website: This performance, scripted and produced by Jack Dueck, comprises five main elements in interrelated dramatic function. Like a cantata –… READ MORE
In the last of four sessions on the Anabaptist view of knowledge, Kyle talks about empowering a faith that will not shrink. Faith, says Kyle, is the window by which we experience the unseen–and school is part of the way we can grow in faith.
In the third of four sessions on the Anabaptist view of knowledge, Kyle points out the difference between what is called “knowledge” in the information age and the knowledge the Bible recommends. Real knowledge comes through real-life experiences.
In the second of four sessions on Anabaptist teaching, Kyle extends the analogy of swords>plowshares/knowledge>wisdom by speaking of the specifics of classroom life. Kyle explores the question of who gets to define education, and encourages teachers to see choices as a fire that heats knowledge and makes it usable.
Do your students know who they are? Do they appreciate the Anabaptist value on following Christ? In the first of four talks, Kyle encourages us to settle with our Anabaptist heritage, which views knowledge as dangerous.
Teaching children is first, says Howard, the responsibility of the parents. Howard probes our attitude towards children, and calls us to view children as a blessing, to lead them to Christ, and love them as God loves them.
Our Christian schools have a steady flow of students passing through the doors. The graduates that leave our schools each year will transition into a new phase of their lives. God will lead some to become fathers and mothers, business men, pastors, missionaries, or even school teachers. What are our schools doing to prepare our students with hearts of service… READ MORE
By far the majority of our teacher staff are sisters. It is the hope of all school boards to hire and employ long term teachers that are passionate and effective at their job. How does a sometimes inexperienced school board provide oversight and direction to experienced sister teachers? Courtesy CSAI.
Jonas begins with meditations on the power of words to bring life and make commitments. Words are not merely arbitrary labels, Jonas reminds us: “By our words we will justified [or] condemned.” Jonas goes on to give example activities of building rich vocabulary. Courtesy Christian Light Education (CLE).
Dyslexia, says Peter, is not a defect; it is a design feature. Peter leads workshop members in recognizing signs of dyslexia. Courtesy CASBI. Read or download Peter’s handout now. This document is the property of Susan Barton and used by permission. All rights are reserved by the copyright holder.
Many different factors go into motivating and changing children’s behaviors. Jonathan deals with how to help a child be motivated correctly in academic, social, and moral behavior. Courtesy Western Fellowship Teachers’ Institute.