Best Practices

Secret Shoppers for Schools?

Over the years, you have seen my posts about the importance of meeting the Endowment Match Challenge available from The Lutheran Foundation. You have also heard my spiel on the importance of donor relations, proper and prompt gift acknowledgements, following donor intent, etc. Last February, The Lutheran Schools Partnership initiated a “Secret Shopper” experiment and… Read more »

Curriculum mapping is taking root

Almost five years ago, TLSP determined it was necessary for our schools to begin the curriculum-mapping process. National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) was going to include this as a requirement for accreditation, and since all our schools were NLSA members, this was a proactive move. An online curriculum-management system was purchased for all our schools,… Read more »

YouTube’s Hidden Gems

Many fans of YouTube enjoy the comedy skits or song clips on a daily basis. Teachers have been using this site for great classroom purposes, too. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite educational channels that don’t really feel like you’re being educated, but you really are! Reading Rainbow Any fan of the… Read more »

IMPACT 2015 is almost here!

Every June, TLSP invites teachers and administrators to attend a series of professional-development activities focused on the craft of fostering critical-thinking skills. We call this week “IMPACT: Involving Minds in Problem Analysis and Critical Thinking.” This year, I’ve chosen quotes from fellow educators that sum up what each experience is about: “Technology won’t replace teachers,… Read more »

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 »