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At the start of every school year, I enjoy walking around the school, looking at the hallways and poking my head into classrooms as teachers prepare, and seeing the fresh, creative ideas they have used to decorate their rooms and make them a welcoming learning environment. Often, many teachers take the theme for the year and turn it into a bulletin board or use another concept that they would like to emphasize and make it the focal point of a visual display. This year is no different. The theme for this year, “Stand Up and Be the Example,” is prevalent on many walls as are other ideas centered around our value as unique individuals loved by God.
Yet what makes our education different from others is not simply words and ideas placed on walls. Instead, we take the words off the walls and make them part of an intentional effort to connect our faith directly with our learning. Weaving our throughlines, ten faith “connection points,” into our teaching and learning discussions and activities enables us to integrate faith more seamlessly into our content areas.
Discerning and Applying Knowledge
Exploring and Creating Beauty
Caring for Creation
These faith throughlines serve as a reminder of what we are truly trying to teach our students as we encourage them to look at life through the lens of faith as Christians. When done well, students realize that learning about math, science, social studies, language, or any of the other subject areas, is more than just learning for the sake of learning. The knowledge and insights gained are not separate or implemented in isolation from our faith. Rather, students understand that what they learn is to be used to further God’s kingdom and that they are called to be difference makers in his world.
As we go through this and every school year, our goal for our students is that they will internalize and embody this concept of making our faith a living, active, connected faith that impacts our everyday lives and the community and world in which we live.
To learn more about Brookfield Christian School or to schedule a visit, contact us at email@example.com.