Teaching the “Real” American Revolution

Steven LevyThe Teachers' LoungeLeave a Comment

As we celebrate Independence Day and the political incarnation of the idea that is “America,” I think of all the teachers who have the opportunity to invite students into the story of the American Revolution. What guiding question will you use to spark curiosity and stimulate deeper investigation into this remarkable event? In a letter to H. Niles in 1818, … Read More

Going Deeper into Rooftop Perspectives

Dan BeerensThe CACE RoundtableLeave a Comment

In my preceding blog post I wrote a review of Eric Reender’s compelling book, Rooftop Perspectives. In this post, Eric responds to several questions related to the book. What prompted you to write the book? Moving to China and teaching in a Christian school there was a big change. I was an experienced teacher but my experience was all in public … Read More

Deeper Play

Steven LevyDeeper Learning1 Comment

Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein I love when I am invited into schools to do model lessons. I might demonstrate a variety of teaching practices in a range of subjects, but no matter what strategy I focus on, what content we address, the most common response I get from teachers after the lesson is, “The children … Read More

Deeper Learning, Authentic Audiences, and the Bike Path Project with Steven Levy

Steven LevyDeeper Learning

“When student work culminates in a genuine product for an authentic audience, it makes a world of difference.” [podbean resource=”episode=nj765-8fc9a9″ type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”107″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″] In this conversation I had the opportunity to talk with my friend and fellow CACE Fellow, Steven Levy who was recognized as the Massachusetts State Teacher of the Year (1993), honored … Read More

See the Story, Live the Story

Patricia KornelisDeeper Learning

When my daughter was five years old, she was a princess. I know this because I visited her kingdom. As she played with her Barbies and Ninja turtles, she entered an imaginary and magical kingdom she called “Ergensis” and commenced to reign royally. She invented scenarios and stories that involved friends, brothers, and imaginary characters. As I eavesdropped on her … Read More

Powerful Instructional Practices

Steven LevyDeeper Learning

This blog was adapted from opening remarks at the Powerful Practices: Implementing Deeper Learning in Christian Schools conference, Gainesville, FL, January 11-12, 2018. “It is nothing but a pious wish and a grossly unwarranted hope that students trained to be passive and non-creative in school will suddenly, upon graduation, actively contribute to the formation of Christian culture.” Nicholas Wolterstorff And … Read More

Curriculum Introduction

Darryl DeBoerDeeper Learning

What if (Christian) education is not primarily about the absorption of ideas and information, but about the formation of hearts and desires?  What if (Christian) education was primarily concerned with shaping our hopes and passions –our visions of the ‘good life’? What if the primary work of (Christian) education was the transforming of our imagination rather than the saturation of … Read More

Do Sweat the Small Stuff

Steven LevyThe Teachers' Lounge

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men… (Colossians 3:23) Thank God for singing cosmic rhythms into the steady beat of time! He fills our waiting hearts with hope-inspired imagination of how things might be different each new day, week, year. In schools we are invited into this hope as … Read More

For the Love of…

Steven LevyThe Teachers' Lounge

For the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10) “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work but rather, teach them to … Read More