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On Scripture: It's Not About You
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

Whether in musical arts, as in in Vy Higgensen’s Gospel for Teens program, or in biblical hermeneutics, the best learning happens in healthy relationships.  A life transition — li ...

The Sound of Learning
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The dangers that swirl around her come from gender stereotypes that threaten to curb her scientific interests. I worry that she will internalize the myth that boys are good in math and science and girls are n ...

James and the Giant Book
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

In Roald Dahl's classic children's book James and the Giant Peach, 7-year-old orphan James Henry Trotter escapes his two rotten, abusive aunts by crawling into a giant peach. The peach rolls, floats, ...

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Originally Posted: 08/27/2012 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

I babysat often through high school and remember a mom asking the dreaded question. I answered that I wanted to be a lawyer. She asked if I had ever thought about teaching. My response? I laughed and told her ...

Teachers Are Builders
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

When the temptation to think kids like James just can't learn tears us down, I'm going to tell the story about the time he jumped up with a raised fist and shouted, "I did it!" when he read ...

The Pages in the Book Go 'Flip, Flip, Flip'
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

According to the U.S. Department of Education, 70 percent of low-income fourth-grade students can't read at a basic level. I often wonder, "What can I do in my day-to-day work as a teacher to help?&q ...