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A Flourishing Index – Part 1

For those of you new to reading this blog, at the end of last year I proposed that Christian schools consider adopting a Flourishing Index – a list of outcomes that we desire for our students. I also think that … Continue reading

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Proposing a “Flourishing Index”

I have been thinking about the student outcomes of Christian school graduates recently. Certainly we measure academic achievement.  But if we are “equipping minds” and “nurturing hearts” so that our students can be world transformers, it seems to me that … Continue reading

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Flourishing – Determination to bring joy and hope into the lives of others

Tenth and final post in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) One of the most significant flourishing outcomes that we hope for our students … Continue reading

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Flourishing – Demonstrating effective life habits and practicing spiritual disciplines

(Ninth in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) If we desire that our students flourish, we must seek for our students to develop effective … Continue reading

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Flourishing – Understanding how God has gifted (students) and called them

(Eighth in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) I had two differing experiences in my educational career that dealt with the aspect of vocation. … Continue reading

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Flourishing: The desire to act morally and ethically across all aspects of life

(Seventh in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) The global/local news landscape offers up to us almost daily examples of moral and ethical failure. … Continue reading

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Flourishing: the ability to demonstrate empathy for others

(Sixth in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) It has been exciting to see how the concept of empathy has been getting more attention … Continue reading

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Flourishing – thinking divergently and creatively about problems/solutions

(Fifth in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) Are we fogging the mirror? The statement,“We believe all children are made in the image of … Continue reading

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Flourishing – blooming where planted

(Fourth in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) One of the best gifts we can give our students in their preparation for life is … Continue reading

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Flourishing – the ability to see connections

(Third in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) If you were to interview teachers and ask them why they went into education as a … Continue reading

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Flourishing – a desire to serve and make a difference

(Second in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) While all schools in North America do some type of service projects with their students, it … Continue reading

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Flourishing – a passion for learning

(This is the first in a series that delves deeper into the characteristics of a flourishing student – click here to read the original post on flourishing.) I believe we are made by God to be learners and to have … Continue reading

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Seven C’s for student flourishing

Last month I introduced a new set of student outcomes to aim for with our students in my post, Proposing a “Flourishing Index”. I suggested that flourishing, not merely meeting minimum standards, should be our goal in Christian education. What … Continue reading

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Bringing shalom to our teaching

When I returned to Christian education in 1993 as a building principal, I was faced with the challenge of articulating the distinctiveness of a Christian education to present and potential parents. To that point, as a student in K-12 schools … Continue reading

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Impressive . . . and readable!

The educational community worldwide owes a huge debt of gratitude to John Hattie. Hattie, a professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia is the author of Visible Learning, the result of 15 years of labor in the synthesis of educational … Continue reading

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Identifying “take-aways for life:” using Essential Questions to nurture faith

If one accepts the idea that our main focus in Christian education needs to be nurturing student faith in the educational context, then it is vitally important that we engage students with questions that 1) cause students to stop dead … Continue reading

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