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I am in a Professional Learning Community

I am in a Professional Learning Community The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives. – Robert John Meehan Sometimes as an educator it feels as if the Professional Learning Community (PLC) ideal is unattainable.  It is a nice thought, but executing […]

Urbana: Life-Changing and Legendary

At Urbana ’15 I will have the honor of inviting students to experience and meet God in an even deeper way by loving the nations. You, too, can be a part of Urbana ’15 by attending, watching live-streaming messages online, and praying for the 16,000 college students who will go!

Know Their Stories

I sighed inside as normally easy-going Jeremiah acted up for the fifth time that period. His behavior was out-of-control and he had quickly taken the class with him to the point where no one was paying attention any longer. This was a fourth grade class, and I was a minority among hundreds of African-American students […]

Mapping out Success through Formative Assessment

One of my favorite apps for navigation is Waze. This app not only provides step-by-step directions, but also adjusts the path based on current traffic situations. This serves as an excellent analogy for how teachers should use formative assessments in their classroom: they determine the best route needed to insure that students arrive at the […]

Transform-ed: Being Present

From a teacher in Europe: In October I led the Sophomore class to the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp in France. It was a moving experience for everyone. Some historical events, however, defy attempts at explanations by the history teacher. Even partial insights seem trite. You just tell the story, pray for those still affected, and listen to […]

Transform-ed: Modeling “Willingness”

From a teacher in Europe:  In September I stepped into my own classroom full of students. It was like a slow motion scene from a movie with dramatic music playing in the background. It’s the point in the movie when you realize this is going to be a key part of the story. So, with […]

Transform-ed: Caring for Needs

From a member care staff member in Europe: Our Member Care leader has challenged our team to spend even more time in prayer with and for our members.  We desire to connect on this deeper level in order to encourage and to remind people of our Lord’s working in their lives. Transformational education is… caring for people’s needs – including the […]

Transform-ed: Honest and Vulnerable

From a teacher in Asia: My Bible class and I have been studying Romans. Chet said, “Guys, can I just be honest here? I’m struggling. I am a senior. People look up to me (I don’t know WHY!), but I see my life doesn’t always match the things I say.” I appreciate that kind of […]

Transform-ed: Thursday’s Servant

From a teacher in Europe:  About 50% of the students in our school live in dorms. I’ve decided to get involved in the dorm ministry as a way to serve the RAs and dorm parents and also as a way to get to know the students better in a less formal setting than school.  Every […]