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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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Painting the Kingdom

During Kingdom Week 2015, I went a second time to do mission work in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. I was blessed to be able to return this year. Like last year, we did a lot of painting. We painted and painted and painted. We painted walls, bathrooms, and bedrooms. And we even painted trees. We literally painted every single tree at the school. In Piedras Negras, and other places, people paint the bottom four feet of tree trunks with a white lime paint. The locals said that it “protects the trees from insects.” It seemed so ridiculous, but we...

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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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