Best Practices

Quiet Learners

I just read a terrific article on characteristics of introverted learners that I felt I had to share with you. If you want to read the full article, please do–it’s terrific! One reason I love this article is that after reading it, I think I might be the mother of two introverted learners. It’s comforting… Read more »

The textbook will not be our magic bullet

I have the pleasure of meeting monthly with a smart and insightful group of math teachers from The Lutheran Schools. We have several objectives, but one outcome from this group will be to provide as much guidance as we can on the selection of new math curriculum, which has historically translated into the purchase of… Read more »

Faith in reading

Memories of reading to our kids are just that–memories. Our kids are in college or into the work world; we haven’t read to our kids in years. However, Dana and I read to our kids a lot when they were young. From Bible story books to animal books to various authors and interests, we read… Read more »

Three minutes add up

What can you see in a three-minute visit to a classroom? You might say not too much. But teachers and students speak volumes in other ways, and that’s why The Lutheran Schools Partnership supports classroom walk-throughs, or CWTs, for short. The purpose of CWTs is to collect information on the environment and instructional strategies in… Read more »

Rice cakes or filet mignon?

In early August, our schools were invited to hear about the work of a college professor and researcher named Cathy Vatterott. Cathy came to speak to us about rethinking homework. She wanted to challenge some of our traditional notions about the age-old practice, and perhaps rattle our cages a bit. Here’s a short quiz based… Read more »

Reaching for awesome

I recently took a trip to Chicago with nine other Lutheran school educators to something called an iPad Summit. The trip was great; we learned so much and had a lot of fun, too! One of the keynote speakers was Will Richardson. He’s a former teacher who now speaks across the country about educational technology… Read more »

IMPACT 2014 Highlights

When teachers are given the time to come together; terrific things are possible. This year, for the first time, we offered a variety of professional growth experiences for our teachers in several different areas. IMPACT 2014 still focused on developing critical thinking skills in our teachers and students, but we did not limit the number… Read more »

Living in the past, or looking to the future?

When I started teaching back in the late 1980s, we were just beginning to learn more about how kids learn. I remember being trained in college in a program called TESA (Teacher Expectation Student Achievement). At that time, it was believed that if teachers engaged in certain types of behaviors, students would get the message… Read more »

IMPACT is back

For over 20 years, our Lutheran schools have offered a weeklong professional-development experience designed to promote critical-thinking skills, and we’ve called it IMPACT (Involving Minds in Problem Analysis and Critical Thinking). There are two definitions of the word “impact.” The first is to have a strong effect on someone. That’s a good descriptor of what… Read more »