2 November Penning
I have thoroughly enjoyed observing our Martin Luther Academy teachers lead and teach the children they have been entrusted. I have seen lessons where all students are engaged in what is being taught and are following along great. I have observed students who are able to take initiative to start their task and complete it well. The teachers have provided clear expectations for their students and work with them when this expectation is not met. So why would I include academics in our strategic planning?
As educators, we are always told to be lifelong learners. We are constantly working to improve our craft, so we can best meet the needs of the students we teach. We do an excellent job educating our students in grammar. I have heard multiple stories of our alumni's’ success in writing classes in high school and into college. We recently implement a new reading curriculum that will help students to learn reading strategies that will help them to become stronger readers. At the upcoming Professional Church Workers Conference that we will attend in a couple of weeks, all the teachers signed up for a class on using various parts of the Google suite in the classroom. We will continue this study throughout the remainder of the year and will be working towards the students being able use these suites effectively on classroom assignments. We will be taking a long look at what concepts we want our students to learn over the course of the year and the best way to achieve this mastery. As with any profession, we are always trying to improve our craft.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”