Hey, Teacher! Are You a Servant?

A pointed question for sure!  You may have answered, “I hope so.”  Perhaps your silent response was “sometimes.”  Maybe you honestly just aren’t sure.  Oh, you are sure that you want to be, but just are not sure if you really measure up.

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Here’s an acrostic that can help.  I found it in a great read written by Joy McCullough called Kingdom Living in Your Classroom.  She describes the teacher-student relationship this way.

How Big Is Your Grill?

There are many sacred cows in education. Of the many sacred cows in the classroom, a common one is doing the same thing because it is easy. When was the last time you questioned why you were doing what you were doing?

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Merriam Webster defines a sacred cow as

  • someone or something that has been accepted or respected for a long time and that people are afraid or unwilling to criticize or question
  • one that is often unreasonably immune from criticism or opposition

The American English Dictionary defines a sacred cow as

  • something that people accept or believe to be good or necessary without ever questioning their belief

Taming the Homework Monster

I vividly recall my first grade daughter rushing into my classroom and telling me:  “I love everything about school – except the homework!”  I didn’t have the heart to tell her what I was thinking:  “Honey, you ain’t seen nothing yet!”

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Homework is a monster faced by teachers and parents alike.  How can it be tamed?  In this three-part blog series, we’ll discuss what we as teachers can do to tame this monster by considering three questions:

  1. Why do we give homework?
  2. How do we give homework?
  3. How can we help students and parents think about homework?

4 Components for Bringing Change to a School

Would you like to change the culture of your school?  Perhaps you would like to change the way things operate within your school system.  Maybe you would like to develop a systems thinking mindset within your school unit.

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What can a school leader do to raise the quality of the school?  How can a school leader lead change in a school so that parents and students receive great value from the educational experience?

5 Keys to Quality Management

What is Quality Management (QM)?  Quality Management can be defined as pursuit for customer satisfaction through continuous improvement of all organizational processes.

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Wow!  What a mouthful!  But what does it really mean?  And does it really apply to a Christian school?  If yes, how are we as leaders giving attention to QM?

The Captivity of Activity

We live in a fast-paced world.  From fast food, to high speed internet, to “on demand” television – our society races through each day in a flurry of activity.  We exalt those who have an “active lifestyle.”  We are expert multi-taskers.  We even text and surf the web while we walk!  And while we may accomplish a lot (and this is debatable), the fact is that we are busier and more exhausted than ever before.

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My daughter recently spent the weekend with a friend while my husband and I were out of town.   Since she’s not normally homesick, I was surprised to receive a tearful phone call from her.  When I asked her what was wrong, she said, “Mom!  These people are so busy!  We haven’t stopped all weekend. I just want a little quiet time!”

Leaders of Learning

Who is the instructional leader in your Christian school?  Research says that if the principal is not intensely focused on instructional matters that the school will suffer academically.

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“Effective principals are at the center of curricular and instructional improvements within their schools” according to Steller (1988) in his research reviews.  Dozens of additional studies have replicated Stellar’s findings.

7 Qualities of Good Leadership

What makes a good leader?  Ask that question in your school and you might get as many answers as persons asked.  Which begs the question–Is leadership like the proverbial beauty?  Are the qualities of good leadership simply in the “eyes of the beholder?”

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I recently discovered an interesting answer to the question What makes a good leader?  The question was put to a group of our military who were completing a tour of duty in Iraq.  The soldiers were rating different aspects of their military experience while serving their country on an extended deployment.