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Not So Serious—Or Not What You Were Expecting: A Theological Approach to Capitalization

Yes, capitalization. " We’ve all faced it—the moment when the brain freezes on what job titles to capitalize. I wrestle with it, too. I certainly don’t want to offend anyone by down-styling their job, and I certainly don’t want to be guilty of the sin of inconsistency, dreaded by all of us jot-and-tittle-minded proofreaders. American usage on capitalization is in flux. Business and legal documents have their peculiar styles, and those spill over into other realms, and soon everyone is confused. We could solve things by going back to the Germanic roots of English and capitalize all nouns, as...

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Education Students Reflect on Student Teaching Experience (3 of 3)

Senior student, Kyle Spurgin, reflects on his first year of students teaching: One thing that I will never forget about my year of student teaching was the love that the kids had for me. In fact, for some bizarre reason, one student would always randomly call out my name, “Spurgin!” Eventually, this got all of 8th grade doing the same thing. Walking down the hall, you’d hear “Spurgin!” If they tossed a paper ball in the trash can–“Spurgin!” If they scored a goal, “Spurgin!” It got so bad that teachers would come up to me and say, “So you’re the...

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Education Students Reflect on Student Teaching Experience (2 of 3)

Nicole Garza, doing her student teaching at Carrollton Elementary in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, reports the following about her experience so far: I have a first-grade class of 19 students—15 boys (rambunctious and impulsive) and 4 girls (quieter but sly). It has been a real exercise in patience! I have learned that the more you get to know your students, the more their behavior stops being random and troublesome, and the better class morale becomes. I have learned how much home life affects the classroom, and I have had my heart broken—and mended—by God on how to show love...

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Education Students Reflect on Student Teaching Experience (1 of 3)

Adrianna Walton-Rogers, doing her student teaching in a 3rd -grade class at Kent Elementary in Carrollton TX, reports the following: Happy, sad, funny, and challenging—so much goes into being a teacher that people don’t know. I am much more appreciative of what teachers do, and now I can see why they say “We don’t get paid enough for what we do”—I agree with that 100%! One of my favorite things about teaching is seeing the kids mature physically, emotionally, and intellectually through this year. They have grown tremendously, and I am hopeful for their future. Among the funny things...

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Adaptive Learning Technology Enables Biblical Education From Anywhere

My wife and I are opposites when it comes to technology. She isn’t a Luddite, but she only wants technology that has a clear benefit such as saving her time and energy. Plus, she wants it to work “auto-magically”—which means someone like me sets it up to work every time in a way that seems like magic! I, on the other hand, am attracted to all new technology and want to try it out regardless of whether it has a clear use or not. I believe educational technology needs to fall somewhere in between the way my wife and...

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Academic Dean: Faithfulness in the College Years is Key

In Luke 16.10, Jesus makes a statement about faithfulness and compromise. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” There’s a principle here: faithfulness in small things leads to being entrusted with big things. That’s a picture of what college is about. Your freshman classes are about being entrusted with small things. You learn the basic vocabulary and the most basic skills in your field. You learn or improve other skills, like reading and communicating, that are useful across the disciplines....

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For Educators: How to Exemplify Jesus in the Classroom (Part 2 of 2)

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1).  What a harsh message by the Apostle James! However, the truth is hard to hear at times.  The context of James’ statement is simple – teach without selfish pride, teach without personal motive, teach like Christ taught! Too often we read about an unscrupulous teacher who has darkened the profession by doing something extremely counter to what he/she should be doing.  Public classrooms are full of students who have never experienced the love of Jesus Christ; students who...

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For Educators: How to Exemplify Jesus in the Classroom (Part 1 of 2)

Before Jesus was recognized as the Son of God, He was most often referred to as “Rabbi” or “Teacher” (Matthew 26:25, 26:49, Mark 9:5, 10:51, 11:21), which is the essence and nature of the type of influence a teacher has on his/her students.  As a remarkable, qualitative relationship, this influence serves as a guide for a growing mentorship between student and pupil.  Jesus embodies all of the necessary characteristics of a good teacher – grace, compassion, intelligence, and direction.  In today’s classrooms, teachers can easily become distracted by social variables that attempt to deteriorate the type of relationship necessary to enrich their...

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