Take a look at our favorite resources on teacher improvement, collected and reviewed by CIRCLE. Experienced Adventist educators sift the ever expanding array of online resources for those of best value for Adventist teachers, administrators and support staff, curating lists for quick and easy use by busy educators anywhere, anytime.
Developing Excellence in 4 Minutes
This Teach Journal article focuses on the importance of investing in teacher development. According to research the variable that impacts student learning the most is the quality of the teacher.
The Missing Piece of the Staff Development Puzzle: Teacher Study Groups
This article from the special JAE issue on staff development discusses teacher study groups as a way of having teachers practice new classroom techniques after the initial training.
What to do with a Failing Teacher or Principal
This article suggests exploring the reasons why failing teachers or principals are unsuccessful. They include (1) inadequate training; (2) wrong assignment; (3) lack of peer and administrative support; (4) mismatch between profession and personality, and (4) burnout.
Lifeline – A Handbook for Small School Success
This valuable NAD small school teacher/principal manual includes checklists, ideas, options, important things to do and remember, problem-solving strategies, teaching strategies, and professional development information.
JAE Editorial: What the Best Teachers Do
The editor reflects on the qualities exceptional teachers, and challenges Adventist teachers to awaken a desire to reach God’s ideal in each student. Other articles in this issue include:
- A Nine-Point Lesson Plan Format for Christian Education
- Introducing Politics in the Classroom
- Constitution Day: Celebrating With Your Students
- Creating Peaceable Schools: Instructional and Management Strategies
- Light for Living II: Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle
- Enhancing Reading Comprehension: Sabah Schoolchildren Use Puppets and Scripts to Learn English
What Students Want – Characteristics of Effective Teachers from the Students’ Perspective
Consider findings on students’ perceptions of effective teaching in higher education. Researchers isolated the top nine characteristics for online and for face-to-face students, briefly reported here.
Ways to Use the Visual Valet Model and Biblical Integration Lesson Template
Consider using the Visual Valet model and biblical integration lesson plan template as practical tools to intentionally teach from a Christian worldview. This NAD presentation connects you to easy-to-understand resources. The handout includes sample Adventist lessons at several levels and in a variety of subjects. Use this biblically integrated lesson plan template to prompt intentional faith integration in your lessons! Accompanying handout.
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