The CACE Roundtable

An ongoing discussion of Christian education with CACE fellows and director Tim Van Soelen.

Thinking Christianly in Curriculum Design

May 24, 2017

Ralph Tyler, Hilda Taba, and Philip Jackson (with the latter’s reminder that even our definitions are a reflection of our worldviews), are some of the gurus of curriculum design. Their ideas, whether we realize it or not, have helped shape our contemporary understanding of curriculum, including the curriculum construction and application process. For example, Tyler’s … Read more

The Hardest Job in School: The Board Member (Part 2)

May 22, 2017

Surveying a private school with plenty of money, strong enrollment, a winning football team, and selective college admissions during an accreditation visit, a colleague said to me, “Everything’s great when everything’s great.” What he meant, of course, is that over time, even model schools encounter difficulty. It might be a sudden financial downturn, an employee … Read more

A Few Short Questions to Aid Year End Reflection

May 17, 2017

In the mad rush to finish a school year we become calendar driven and event oriented. What we sometimes miss is the opportunity to reflect well – we push that off to June after school is over, but by then we are too tired to want to take too much time for reflection. The missed … Read more

The Teachers’ Lounge

By teachers, for teachers about teaching.

Deeper Understanding Through Art: the ‘Word’ in ‘Flesh’

May 8, 2017

When I was in the classroom I liked to challenge students to create images to represent an idea. Equally challenging, to look at images and infer the ideas they represented. Class discussions (remember to use protocols!) often yielded a deeper, nuanced understanding by thinking in pictures and picturing thoughts. Adults too! I participated in a … Read more

Socratic Seminars and Student Anxiety: The Naked Truth

April 17, 2017

“I felt naked.” Those were the words of one student after leading her classmates in a discussion on the previous day’s reading. “My dad told me if I get nervous talking in front of others, I should picture everyone else naked. That didn’t work. I was the one exposed, not them.” While she was prepared, … Read more

Are Your Students Crew or Passengers?

April 12, 2017

We are Crew, not Passengers. This is the motto of the organization I worked with for 20 years, Expeditionary Learning, now called EL Education. It comes from Kurt Hahn, the fonder of Outward Bound (the taproot of EL Education), and refers to people gathered together for a long boat journey where everyone is needed to … Read more