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Guest Blog: Committed to a Faithful Pedagogy

There are many discussions going on in Christian education circles about development of a biblical worldview and the integration of that worldview into our pedagogy. Recently, the Center for the Advancement of Christian Education (CACE) became the distributor for Teaching for Transformation (TfT) in the US. CSI is excited to work in partnership with CACE in this effort to better serve our schools. CSI has no desire to duplicate an excellent program like TfT, but also recognizes TfT may not be the perfect fit for all of our schools. CSI is moving forward in the creation of resources to assist schools with the critical task of integrating a biblical worldview and is eager to hear your thoughts on how best to accomplish this task.

While a faithful philosophy of education is important, we also need to focus on a faithful pedagogy. The following article, written by my good friend Dr. Richard Edlin from Australia, gives some ideas on integrating pedagogy and philosophy and may be of use for professional development.
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Biblical Worldview through Eighth Graders’ Eyes

One of the schools leading the effort to make biblical worldview integration a flourishing practice among students and faculty is San Jose (California) Christian School. SJCS Throughlines “help students develop a clear picture of what it means to be an authentic Christian learner in all aspects of their lives. Arranged under three separate headings, they are qualities we desire students to develop, and….provide meaning and intentionality to the entire curriculum” (SJCS curriculum document).

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The Grace of Teaching

If we want to excel in teaching, our teaching needs to match the spiritual reality that is ours in Jesus Christ. In Christ we have been graced, loved, forgiven, guided, blessed, and comforted. We live in a story where creation is being restored, people are being forgiven, the future is good. Out of that reality, we teach. (Although different in content and scope, I derived this opening paragraph from an article in the Banner (April 17, 2015) entitled “The Grace of Giving” by David Vroege, pastor of All Nations CRC in Halifax, Nova Scotia.)

Passionate teaching is a spiritual activity. In fact, passionate teachers often relate how Spirit-led original thoughts come to them during the very act of teaching! In this writing, I reflect on the spiritual realities of being graced, loved, forgiven, blessed, and comforted.
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We’re Going to Oregon

When a candidate for a position on our leadership team recently asked, “How do we know that we’re not going back to the old way?”, referring to a difficult time in our school’s past, my colleagues were surprised when I answered, “We’re going to Oregon!”

Recently I have been intrigued with the Lewis and Clark expedition to Oregon. I’ve learned that it took 18 months to navigate the more than 2,000 miles from St. Louis to Portland. It was a long, difficult journey, but what was learned during that time was incredibly valuable.
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Angel Factory Christian School or Homeboy Industries?

In Tattoos On the Heart, Father Greg Boyle showers his readers with stories of “the power of boundless compassion.” Founder of Homeboy Industries, Boyle demonstrates the power of acceptance and unconditional love over the brokenness of East Los Angeles gang life. What is it like to see the image of God in each person, to see with God’s eyes? Boyle describes it well. The thought “I want my school to be more like that” sunk almost unnoticed into my administrator modus operandi.

“Thanks for meeting with us today, Bart,” they said as they came into my office. This couple—stalwart, heart-and-soul school supporters—asked a hard question. “You know, when I was serving lunch the other day I heard one of the students say, ‘OMG.’ I see the way some students dress: sweat pants, form-fitting jeans. Another time I heard one girl say to another that she looked ‘sexy.’ How should we be addressing these things?”

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Back to Basics: A Biblical Worldview Assessment

To begin this school year, I would like to revisit the basics of biblical worldview. I invite all of you to assess your school in at least two important areas: to what extent do you intend to integrate these principles into your practice, and to what extent are you actually doing so?

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Mission-Minded Biblical Worldview Integration: Elements of Effectiveness

In lesson and unit planning, beginning with the end in mind helps to bring about the results we seek. The same is true for a school’s mission. Why does your school exist? What is its purpose? Leadership guru Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”

So let’s begin with the end in mind. Why does your school exist? Do you have a mission statement? Is your mission statement alive, affecting the heart and life of your school?

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