The Summer Challenge: Teacher as Learner

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Are you ready for the summer challenge? It’s that time of year again. Some finished the school year already. Others are nearing the finish line. Regardless, summer is an interesting time for teachers. Of course, there is the stereotype that teachers just don’t work in the summer. They sit in the backyard on their hammock, drinking their favorite tropical beverage …

Christian Educators and the Spirit of the Age

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The English pastor, author, and professor William R. Inge once wrote, “Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.” When it comes to the digital world, there is much that is “the spirit of the age.” As a student of digital culture, I recognize that I am often studying digital sand castles: each technological …

The Value of Wrong Answers

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Know your learners. This is a fundamental aspect of good teaching. If you don’t know the learners, it is hard to determine how best to help them reach a learning goal. While most of us have heard this statement many times, what does it actually mean? As with many things in education, it actually has quite a few meanings, but …

A Recipe for Good Teaching in Christian Schools

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Is there a recipe for good teaching in Christian schools? What does it take to be an effective teacher? Ask a dozen people and you are likely to get at least a half-dozen answers. Yet the more you watch good teachers, the more you notice four consistent traits. I sometimes refer to each of these as a well of knowledge and skill. …

The Simple Power of Teachers Reading and Talking Together

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There is a simple power that comes from teachers reading and talking together. I’m in the middle of a book discussion group at Concordia University Wisconsin, where we are reading and discussing a book entitled The Idea and Practice of a Christian University. It is an excellent and thought-provoking read, but I’ll save my review of the text for another time and …

Bartimaeus, Anxiety, and an Important Teaching-the-Faith Lesson

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Do you know who Bartimaeus is in the Bible? I do. Over the years, I must have taught the passage in Mark that references Bartimaeus at least seventy times (twelve years of over six sections of teaching the New Testament to middle and high school students, not to mention devotions, chapel messages, and Bible studies over the last twenty-plus years). I’ve given quizzes, tests, …

The Only Way through the Common Core Debate in Lutheran Education

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Debates continue about the Common Core State Standards. Proponents and advocates write and speak with equal passion and conviction, and both sides offer important points as we reconsider the purpose of schooling in the twenty-first century. However, few debates about the CCSS actually discuss the purpose of schooling explicitly, which is a mistake. Few also address a second critical discussion about …

Missional Innovation in Lutheran Education

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Over the past year, I’ve been honored to visit schools and learn from many teachers and students. I’ve met founders of education startups, devoted teachers, engaged learners, strong and visionary school leaders, and no small number of people who are seeking to start new schools in the upcoming years. As I’ve visited, interviewed, observed, studied, and learned from these people …