Classroom Management With a Smile!

Classroom management is a challenge that all teachers must face. Things that were going well in September-November may begin to fall apart in December or January. What happens then: Do you need to try something new?  Do you need to be more consistent with the plan you are using? If these are questions you are […]


A Framework for Connecting Faith to Life

In his book, A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good, theologian Miroslav Volf argues that Christianity is a prophetic religion—that is, it is characterized by a personal encounter with the divine (receptive ascent) followed by an active response advocating transformation of the surrounding culture (creative return).[1] In other words, we […]



Making Biblical Connections

A great resource for thinking about Biblical integration in your classroom is the work of Dr. Christian Overman and his colleagues at the Biblical Worldview Institute. Dr. Overman has put together several great teachings through the “Making the Connections” series that offer practical suggestions for how teachers can implement Biblical integration into their academic lessons […]


Time for Review

In many school settings, the end of December and/or beginning of January are characterized by a review of the learning that has been done throughout the semester. There are many fun ways to review material ranging from simple to complex in nature. Here are some suggestions for review games and resources that can be adapted […]


Taking Transformation Seriously

Book Feature Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning. David I. Smith, James K. A. Smith, eds.  New York: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers, 2011. What would happen if educators decided to allow Christian practices to shape the way they approached classroom pedagogy? That is the premise of a collection of essays, Teaching and Christian […]


The Great Debate

As teachers, we desire more for our students than to simply move through the curriculum.  We want to instill in our students the skills necessary to engage real world issues with discernment.  We hope to impart critical thinking skills that will allow our students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the information and ideas that they […]


Assessing Redemptively

Evaluation, grading, and assessment are an integral part of our vocation as teachers. So much of what we do revolves around, or is influenced by, our assessment and evaluation practices. I that it makes sense for us to examine these practices in light of a Biblical view of teaching and learning. In their book, A […]


Questioning

“There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” Really? Teachers often say this familiar line as a way to invite their students to ask whatever is on their mind – which, as we all know, can be a minefield. However, our focus in this On Practice is not on student questions, but on teacher-directed questions. As teachers, […]