Are we implementing what we say we are doing in our mission statements in Christian schools? What do you think the results would be from your teachers if you asked them to provide you the following information about the implementation and integration of a Biblical perspective in a particular subject area? Michael Essenburg, coach at the Christian Academy of Japan, suggests the following short survey questions:
Take the following survey to make an initial assessment of how well your students understand and use a Biblical perspective of course content. Before taking the survey, select one subject you teach and respond to the survey based on the students in that subject.
(1) ___% of my students, when asked, can readily identify 3 or more Biblical principles and explain how each principle is related to the subject I teach.
(2) ___% of my students, when asked, can readily identify 3 or more Biblical values and explain how each value is related to the subject I teach.
(3) ____% of my students can readily give a 1-3 minute explanation of a biblical perspective of the subject I teach.
(4) ___% of my students when asked for an opinion regarding an issue will respond, “The Bible teaches…” (instead of “I think…”).
Based on your answers, what will you do to help your students?
Possible outcomes of this survey might be: the recognition that greater thought needs to given to how faith and learning are integrated, the setting of a school wide goal for teacher work on integration of faith and learning, or on an individual level the setting of a SMART (Specific and strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound) goal with their principal as part of their yearly professional growth plan.
More information on these type of student questions related to Biblical perspective can be found on Michael’s website: