Promoting an atmosphere of discovery reflection, encouraging questions, and working in groups are practices that promote classroom habits that guide students to understand and celebrate the order and design God placed in his creation. Susan Koppendrayer, CSI STEM education specialist, explains how the 5E Instructional Model can transform and shape the science classroom experience for teachers and students.
We are excited to announce that at the December 12, 2019 meeting of the CSI Accreditation Commission, the Commission members approved the accreditation of the thirteen CSI member schools who hosted fall accreditation site visits.
Doodling. Graphic recording. Sketch-noting. It is called many names, but visual notetaking is a powerful learning tool, here to stay. Heidi Dean, Bible specialist, sat down with Chattanooga Christian School teacher, Alice Sikkema, to learn more about the power of visual notetaking in the Bible classroom.
STEM Education Specialist Susan Koppendrayer met with Eunsub Cho, middle school teacher at The Potter’s House, to discuss how he incorporates awe and wonder in his classroom.
CSI is pleased to announce the Bible educators selected to attend the 2020 CSI Bible Instruction Symposium! Talented educators and their passion for lifelong learning is an amazing quality of the Christian schools in our membership. The passionate individuals represented in the 2020 cohort will no doubt be blessed with opportunities to learn from the speakers and their peers. Please keep this group in your prayers as we continue our preparations for Washington, DC this February.
On November 14–15, 2019, 32 teachers from the US and Canada gathered at the Van Andel Education Institute for the fourth Christian School Educators Academy to learn an inquiry-based instruction model and collaborate with their peers on best practices.
The Bible department at Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Arizona, has been restructuring its courses for greater student engagement. We asked Greg Tonkinson, director of Spiritual Life and High School Bible Development, to share what is prompting their updated pedagogy. We discovered that a key catalyst for Greg wasn’t an “idea” so much as a “person”—his own high school senior.
Susan Koppendrayer, CSI STEM education specialist, interviewed Amanda Ervin, CSESA lead teacher and Phoenix Christian School PreK–8 teacher, to discuss ways that she uses engineering design projects in her classroom.
Christian Schools International is delighted to host the following teachers on November 14 and 15 for the Christian School Educators Science Academy at VAEI in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Keep these educators in your prayers as they dive deep into an exciting inquiry-based instructional model and discuss in small groups how to create classroom environments that allow science instruction from an intentional biblical worldview.