LEAven Blog

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Tell Me a Story

February 6, 2024

It is challenging to be a person with a reading disability. So much of school, and even life, is based on one’s ability to read and process print. Students who…

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I’d Like to Ask You a Couple of Questions

January 30, 2024

Does your school have extra-curricular activities?  If so, why?  Maybe we don’t give intentional thought very often to their purpose.  I believe there are many reasons why extra-curricular activities can…

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What in the World?

January 23, 2024

Not a day goes by that I am not reminded of the global village in which we live and work. Without even seeking a specific television or radio station that…

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Mastering the Art of Classroom Group Work: Fostering Critical 21st-Century Skills

January 16, 2024

After sharing that I needed to reteach a small group of students, my teammate said, “I was thinking about doing small group rotations for Tuesday’s Reading lesson”. It was then…

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Where are all the Church Workers?

January 9, 2024

There was a recent post that asked probing questions about opinions regarding the critical shortage of church workers in the LCMS. For the author of this post, his inbox started…

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Can You Draw Me a Map?

January 2, 2024

Does Your Classroom Have a Globe?      Right before Thanksgiving, I talked to fourth graders about the hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God” by Martin Rinckart.  I projected a…

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Word of the Year

December 19, 2023

Merriam Webster just crowned authentic the 2023 Word of the Year. They chose authentic because it was, what else, authentic. Basically, the word means real, genuine, true, and concepts like…

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Shine Brightly: Reach Higher & Touch Lives Further

December 5, 2023

With the Advent season now in progress, look around and make note of what you see. Look closely around your home, church, school, and community. Likely, you see various decorations…

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Oh, Sing to the Lord!

December 5, 2023

When I first started teaching a few years ago, (okay, many years ago), my first classroom had a piano in it.  My classroom was not an anomaly in that it…

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Secure Destination

November 28, 2023

A little over a year ago, I purchased a used 2019 Toyota Camry. That is the first car that I have owned that has Apple CarPlay, where an in-cabin screen…

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