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TEACH Volume 11, Issue 1

Is the world in crisis? Despite the claims of a much larger percentage, recent studies revealed only 4% of American adults ages 18-29 hold a biblical worldview! In his editorial, Graeme Perry discusses this and other alarming data. Additional articles in Volume 11, Issue 1 (2017) of TEACH Journal of Adventist Education include:

Level One Autism / High-Functioning Autism: Implications for Schools, Principals and Teachers by Marion Shields
As diagnosis rates of autism spectrum disorder rise, what are the implications in your classroom? Read this article for more information and ideas.

NAPLAN Gains and Explicit Instruction by Jenny Gibbons
K-6 teachers at an Australian school have implemented a specific, intentional form of teaching and learning, resulting in significant growth in student achievement.

The Parable of the Master Teacher: Redemptive Discipline and Biblical Metanarrative by Beverly Christian
Using a school for the setting, this powerful parable summarizes the great controversy and plan of salvation.

Transforming Classroom Practice: Butterflies and God by Michelle Cutajar and Beverly Christian
“How does learning about butterflies offer opportunities for learning about God?” These Kindy/Year One students found out!

St Andrew’s Cathedral School’s Teaching Christianly Framework by Brad Swibel
Although not Adventist, St Andrews is a highly successful Christian school. The framework discussed “seeks to provide practical and clear approaches to Christian education for faculties and teachers.”

Nature-Based Learning in Christian Schools: Essential Element or Optional Extra? by Beverly Christian
Outside of school, many children are facing decreasing opportunities to interact with nature. Should teachers move toward nature-based learning in response? “This article explores the relationship between nature-based learning and the aims of Christian education, with specific reference to student wellbeing, spirituality and stewardship.”

Best Practice in International Service Learning (ISL): Aspects of Risk and Impact by Brad Watson and Frida Reierson
Currently 95% of Adventist senior secondary high schools in Australia offer international service opportunities! Read about the benefits and challenges such trips bring.

Learning Thresholds: A Journey in Online Learning and Teaching by David P Wilson, Peter Williams, Warrick R Long and Maria T. Northcote
Transitioning from face-to-face teaching to an online/blended delivery format can be a scary move to make. This study identified dominant domains of learning thresholds for three tertiary teachers new to online teaching.

STEM Down the Track: Two Christian Schools’ Further Experiences by Peter W. Kilgour, Phil Fitzsimmons, Tieren Kilgour and Jennifer Merriman
STEM is a huge focus in many schools, but what do students think? “Students’ perceptions of what STEM is and how it has been implemented in their schools is reported in this paper. Students were asked in focus groups…how they had seen the progress their two respective schools had made in its implementation.”

A Nexus of Eyes: The Praxis of Chaplaincy in One Faith Based Educational System Through Emerging Emic Perspectives by Michael J. Parker, Phil Fitzsimmons and Barry Gane
“The concept of chaplaincy as a practical counterpoint to the dystopian images of war embedded in many cultural mind-sets, especially European and Australasian meta-narratives, is evolving while simultaneously moving into uncharted waters of new forms and new praxes.”

It’s Short-Sighted by Graeme Perry
From technology to values to amount of time spent outdoors, our world is rapidly changing. How can education adjust to ensure student well-being?

Bullying: Personal Thoughts? by Stan Walsh
A student’s attempt at suicide leads a teacher to reflect on how we should respond to online bullying and implications of violent plans.

Editorial Team

Adventist Educator Blog editorial staff include a team working from each continent to curate Adventist education news, compile digest posts of Adventist education journal articles, and edit posts from Adventist educators in each world division.

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