Inspire Lifelong Learners: Modeling the Novice Mindset

By Sierra Downs The First Year “Genghis Khan was a pretty good guy, actually.”  This concluding remark to a student essay written during my first year of teaching has haunted me for years.  I had just begun teaching history at the middle school level and had high expectations for my classroom–I wanted to encourage my students to ask big questions, consider lofty ideas, and allow the subject to shape the way that they saw themselves […]

Pakistan IDEA-SPORT group photo

Educational Leadership through a Global Lens

By Dr. Bill Sterrett, Dr. Erik Ellefsen, and Jill Anderson In 2023, the Baylor Center for School Leadership’s (BCSL) efforts expanded in unexpected ways through being invited into communities around the world. With a bit more cultural familiarity, the BCSL team had the opportunity to visit schools and speak in England, Canada, and Australia. Invited into new settings, the BCSL led Just Teaching leadership networks in South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In March 2024, […]

Students carrying different cultural flags in Baylor's Homecoming Parade.

In Pursuit of Paul’s “I Became”

By Dr. Joel Hazard The apostle Paul’s ultimate goal was to guide individuals toward embracing faith in Christ by engaging with them on their own terms and making the message relatable. In 1 Corinthians 9:20-23, Paul outlines his strategic approach to evangelism, emphasizing the importance of adapting to diverse audiences. He simply became. “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22 NIV). […]

Teacher reading to student

Through the Lens of Eternity

By Jami Courson Virtual learning revealed to the world what educators have known for decades: teacher-student relationships matter. Research shows that student achievement increases and questionable behavior decreases when students believe that their teacher cares for them.  As Dr. Jon Eckert writes in his book Just Teaching, “We have learned that being present and in relationship matters for each student. Learning in person increases student morale and student achievement. Having teachers who care improves student […]

A F.E.W. Just Words

By Bing Parks A RAP LESSON  My students’ favorite music genre is rap. We will analyze the messages in rap lyrics and discuss the impact of the rapper’s diction. Sometimes the students wonder why we are spending so much time on the lyrics and ask if they could just listen to the song and move on. They argue that they are just words, after all. So, one day I told them I was the best […]