Sports and Students with Special Needs

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Sports are a big part of many of our Lutheran schools. Often when we think of sports and kids with special needs, we think of wheelchair sports, the Paralympic Games, or Special Olympics. While these are all wonderful programs, they are more typically designed for athletes with physical or cognitive disabilities that prevent them from competing with their nondisabled peers. …


Connecting with Parents

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Parents are scary, especially when you’re a new teacher. Even if you are a veteran teacher who is also a parent, dealing with parents can be intimidating. Thanks to our inherent sinful nature, the parent-teacher relationship can be fraught with judgments and unmet expectations from both sides. When children have special needs or are struggling in some way, these parent-teacher waters …

sunday school isn't day school

Sunday School Isn’t Day School

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Sunday School mirrors day school in many ways. In the first place, it’s called school. Second, it’s usually held in a classroom with a group of children and a teacher. Sometimes, it’s in the very same classrooms that are used during the week for day school. Most often, the children are grouped by age or grade, just as they are …


HELP! There’s no special education teacher on my staff, BUT I have kids with special needs in my class!

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You just graduated from an esteemed Lutheran college (or maybe some other fine institution of higher learning). You were so excited to get your first call (or contract) to this great school in a far-off land (or maybe just far from your own familiar territory). You’ve spent the summer planning projects and bulletin boards, making things for your classroom, and …

A Snapshot of the Past

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During an uncharacteristically slow week, my pastor husband was cleaning out an old storage closet in his office and came across some copies of The Lutheran Witness dated 1959. I don’t even want to surmise what other vintage items might be lurking in his office closet, but I must admit, I was rather intrigued by looking at this snapshot of …

Break it Down

Break it Down

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I recently started a new job here at CPH as a curriculum editor. I’ve done a wide variety of jobs in the education field since I graduated from Concordia College, River Forest, in 1987 (now they call it Concordia University Chicago), but it feels like a good majority of what I am doing now in my first few weeks here …