When did it become okay to teach to the middle? At what point did some brilliant educator decide that if one teaches to the “average” kids in class, that the more gifted kids would enjoy already knowing the content, and the more challenged kids would just get as much from the lesson as they could…. Read more »
If you’ve recently conversed with a child or teen, then you may be aware of a mysterious virus spreading its way through our young people. “So, he was like, ‘Did you see that new movie?’ And I was like, ‘No,’ and he was like, ‘It was totally awesome!’ and I was like, ‘Dude, that movie… Read more »
“Sit and get.” “Corruption of our schools.” “The newest ‘newest thing’ turns out to be ‘child-centered,’ ‘project-based,’ ‘cooperative,’ and ‘hands on.’ The only difference is the technological veneer.” These are quotes from a recent blog post. The author tells the reader to critique and dismiss many contemporary classroom innovations as misguided distractions from what really… Read more »
I was recently blessed with the opportunity to visit the Atlas Rubicon Training Center in Portland, Oregon, to spend time learning more about the curriculum-mapping process. Here are my major takeaways.
What’s the one thing that could be changed in your school that would increase student achievement? Smaller class sizes? Better facilities? Less standardized testing? All of these improvements would make teachers, students, and parents happier and could increase student achievement. But none of these strategies directly impact students. Wouldn’t we do better to design strategies… Read more »
Recently there has been much debate about whether Indiana should continue to adopt the Common Core State Standards. I have fielded questions from many who are concerned about a “national” set of standards or believe a conspiracy exists to introduce our children to dangerous ideas.
How does soil give us everything we need? Curious first-graders at Central Lutheran School in New Haven spent several weeks trying to answer this question. Small groups of students read books, conducted research online, and examined soil close up to “dig a little deeper” into this critical question. In the end, they shared their findings… Read more »
Imagine a group of first-grade students covered in mud. As messy as that sounds, students at Central Lutheran School may need an extra change of clothes as they explore the question: How does dirt give us everything we need? Meanwhile, fifth-grade students at Concordia Lutheran Elementary School are creating a living-history museum in an effort… Read more »
The Lutheran Schools Partnership is extremely pleased to announce that 96 percent of students within The Lutheran Schools passed the IREAD-3 reading proficiency test that was administered to third-grade students throughout the state this year. Moreover, 100 percent of students at eight of the 17 Lutheran elementary schools in northeast Indiana passed the test. In… Read more »
This summer, The Lutheran Schools Partnership will again provide a fun, hands-on learning experience to students in grades three through eight during two STEAM camps at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School, 6318 West California Road. Offered Monday through Friday, July 9-13, the STEAM camps are open to students from all area schools, but enrollment is limited…. Read more »