Establishing Healthy Rhythms in the Midst of Chaos

By Brittany Burton   Regardless of whether your kids go to public or private school or if you've always homeschooled, all of us are entering a season that is unprecedented due to COVID-19.  Most likely you have been bombarded by lists of resources, digital learning platforms, Instagram live sessions, etc. that you can fill your time with while your children are home from school.  I’m so glad that many online companies are offering their services free of charge.  Being the homebody that I am, I could easily sit and take course after course, catch up on ...

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BibleProject: Ancient Teaching Meets Modern Visuals

By Nathaniel Miller   Almost 3 years ago, I was reading a website I frequent called The Rabbit Room.  I am already thinking I should write something about this incredible community, but I digress.  On this particular visit, I came across an article by Heidi Johnston that briefly highlighted BibleProject, an animation studio in Portland, Oregon (https://rabbitroom.com/2017/05/the-bible-project/).  Having never heard of them, I decided to watch some of their videos.  I was blown away at both the level of biblical teaching and the beautiful artistry of ...

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Turning Difficult Students into Great Students

By Todd Witters “Johnny!  I need you to sit down and face forward!” “Billy!  I should be the only one talking.” “Marie, I’m moving you.  Sit over there by Mrs. Glumbottom.” “Susan, I’m not going to ask you again.” We’ve all been there. We have all been “blessed” by students in our Released Time classes who, for various reasons, make our jobs difficult. We’ve tried everything to bring order from chaos– bribes, threats, pleading, assigned seats and docking points–but nothing seems to work. Why must they be ...

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Holding their Attention: Tips and Tricks for Teachers

By Cowboy Steve When it comes to teaching the Released Time Bible Classes we want to keep the students attention - and sometimes that can be a challenge! So what can we do? We’ve probably all heard it said how important visuals are, but sometimes you just don’t have enough pictures to keep things moving. In those times you become the visual! How? Here are some ideas: 1. Move around. Don’t stay in one spot up front. Act out (a little) part of the lesson. For example: if teaching about David and Goliath, you put on Saul’s armor or a coat that is way too ...

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The Rewards Of A Teacher

By Mark Redka Rewards are nice, aren’t they?  It feels great when people enjoy a meal you’ve cooked or someone tells you that we look nice.  It’s rewarding when people notice that you’ve lost weight after you’ve been diligent on a diet (not that I know from personal experience).  I love to look out the window at the lawn I have just mowed or to admire a newly waxed vehicle. That’s instant gratification. Yet not all rewards are so instant or obvious.   Our motive as teachers shouldn’t be rewards.  It should be our ...

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