Best Practices

Critical Friends Can Help Us All

Friends care about and want to help each other. Critical friends want the same things but are not afraid to say what needs to be said to help. The Critical Friend Visit process is designed to support both of these objectives in an educational setting. October was very busy for us at TLSP as we… Read more »

Meeting specialized needs

Lutheran South Unity School Meets Student Needs Through Enrichment Room   Triston Richards, a fourth grader at Lutheran South Unity School, is a kid who loves bugs, animals and science. His mom, Debbie, couldn’t believe his ability to identify dinosaurs at a young age. But school hasn’t always been easy for Triston. In kindergarten and… Read more »

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 »