The exciting yet challenging work of guiding students through science and faith discussions is done primarily by teachers in the classroom. But teachers can be truly successful only if they have the full support of their administration.
From God’s Genius to Human Frailty: The Adventure of Teaching Science (and More) Christianly
From the very start of my career, I simply loved teaching. The fact that I was teaching in a Christian school was a plus, but as a rookie, I could not articulate a clear philosophy of Christian education. By the time I retired from full-time teaching two years ago, I had come to love teaching Christianly. I describe teaching Christianly … Read More
Why Teach the Nature of Science?
Research shows that K-12 students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and even science educators themselves struggle with nature of science (NOS) concepts. Despite being identified as a critical component of science education, NOS teaching remains underemphasized in classroom settings.
Tips for Teaching Controversial Science Content
Evolution. Climate change. Vaccines. Randomness. Just hearing these terms can elicit angst for Christian science educators. Whereas some of these topics are contentious because they challenge certain theological views, others have become overly politicized in the past decade and can be just as tricky to address in the classroom.
Relax and Learn the Science
Teachers can start by admitting that we do not have control over the messages students hear outside of school that engender some of these attitudes. However, we do have the opportunity in classrooms to challenge the idea that we have to oppose scientific evidence in order to embrace the Bible and live in God’s truth.
Reconciling Faith and Science
Christian teachers are called to be reconcilers. As ambassadors of Christ, they are given this ministry of reconciliation: pointing students to living in harmony with God, neighbor, creation, and self. In II Corinthians 5:16-21, the apostle Paul encourages the Corinthians that, being given this message of reconciliation, they are then called to share the sweetness of wholeness through Christ and … Read More