From Doing to Being: What Stories do we tell Ourselves?

Message preached at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, AB, Canada, October 14, 2018. (Please note that the biblical passages this is based on come after the text of the sermon.) In the Gospel of Mark, we find recorded a story about a rich man, who by his own account, is law-abiding.  Surely, measured by every … Continue reading From Doing to Being: What Stories do we tell Ourselves?

Professional Learning Communities

A Professional Learning Community is an orientation of large organizations toward constant improvement.  It tries to balance individual development within an institutional structure.  This is a remarkable development in educational theory and practice that could be implemented outside educational contexts as well. Creating a Mission Statement The first step in developing a professional learning community … Continue reading Professional Learning Communities

Books or Screens?

When a generation of people grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers, they are called “digital natives.” Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded. Students are now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks. Patricia Anderson and Lauren Singer of the University of Maryland … Continue reading Books or Screens?

Additional Language Learning

*A Version of this article will be published in the Leduc Representative and The Beaumont News in November of 2017. For many families in Canada, approximately 10% (according to the 2016 census), children are learning in a language that is substantially not the one spoken at home.  Studies show that students learning additional languages score … Continue reading Additional Language Learning