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New Research on Classroom Tech

New Covenant administrative staff continuously reviews the place of technology in our pedagogy and curriculum. In recent years we have surveyed our graduates in college who have given very specific feedback on the computer skills they felt they needed to ...

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Three Great Untruths, pt 3

We sometimes teach our children things we don’t intend. These are “untruths” that can hamper effective parenting and classroom instruction. The third untruth is that the world is structured as “us vs. them.” This untruth relies upon an assumption that hum ...

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Three Great Untruths, pt 2

We often teach our children things that we don’t intend.   In the previous article in this series, we examined the first “Untruth” we unconsciously teach -that children are fragile.  We noted that, rather than benefitting from being protected or rescued f ...

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Three Great Untruths, Part 1

We sometimes teach our children things that we don’t intend. When I was a child we went to the beach often because Daytona was only about an hour away. My mother would routinely warn me about the undertow, you know, that current that pulls at your legs wh ...

It Ain’t Funny

It Ain't Funny Rereading Reinhold Niebuhr’s essay Humor and Faith reminds me that humor is the exclusive domain of human beings.  While my dog demonstrates noticeable “joy” when I take her to my office off leash, and while she is often amusing to me, I ...

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Growing Up, Growing Old, and Good-bye’s

Growing Up, Growing Old, and Good-bye's You likely do not know the work of Julia Kasdorf. I didn’t either until recently. She’s a published poet, though I think not particularly famous - okay, famous enough to have a Wikipedia entry, which three publishe ...

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New Covenant and the National Reading Crisis

I consistently tell prospective parents that there are a hundred ways to teach students how to read. There are also some ways not to teach them. Reading is not a natural function of the brain. Humans didn’t invent an alphabet until 3200 BC, or thereabouts ...

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Thinking About Critical Thinking

During a recent professional development day, the faculty hosted Dan Willingham, Phd, a leading cognitive psychologist from the University of Virginia. Dr. Willingham’s work with the faculty was extensive, and we are pleased to share some of the topics th ...

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Why Study Dead Languages

Because of our own language’s profound debt to the Latin, the young student of Latin can begin to “translate” English, often without the need of a dictionary. A working knowledge of simple Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes, will enable a 13-year old stu ...