What can be learned? In his editorial, Graeme Perry references recent studies while writing of what new knowledge has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional articles in Volume 14, Issue 2 (2020) of TEACH Journal of Adventist Education include:
Being Outdoors: What Educators Can Learn from Cross Disciplinary Research on the Benefits of the Outdoors on Health by Kelly Thompson
Highlighting research, this article examines the effect the outdoors has on people, particularly our mental, physical, social and spiritual health.
Your Classroom as an Orchestra: Practical Differentiation Strategies by Estee Stephenson
“How can we connect deeply with our students, especially in the high school where we teach multiple classes, with students of different abilities? How can we realistically be their ‘champion’? The answer lies in knowing, understanding and catering to the learning of students through quality differentiated teaching practices.”
Pen and Paper: A Simple Formula for Enhancing Wellbeing by Andrea Thompson and Beverly Christian
Beginning as an English activity, this pen pal assignment connecting students with elderly community members evolved into a wellness project benefiting all involved.
School Leader Preparation and Development Programs: What Teachers Want by Peter Williams
This article seeks to contribute to the literature on school leader preparation and development programs by “identifying and discussing elements that current faith-based education system teachers would like to see embedded in the creation of aspirant and novice school leader preparation and development programs.” Recommendations are included.
Flourish: The Impact of an Intergenerational Program on Third-Grade Students’ Social and Emotional Wellbeing with Application to the PERMA Framework by Angela Gray, Peter Beamish, and Peter Morey
“Intergenerational programs are increasingly being recognised as a means of promoting wellbeing through connecting communities, promoting caring relationships, and combating loneliness and isolation…. The aim of this study was to measure the impact of the intergenerational program, ‘Flourish’, on student social and emotional wellbeing.”
Christian Schooling: Teachers’ Understanding of Purpose and Practice by Chris Prior
“Based on research into Christian Education National (CEN) teachers’ understandings of the purposes of Christian schooling and how students are exposed to Christianity within the school, including their classrooms, this research identified that, despite varied understandings of the purposes for, or goals of, Christian schooling, teachers perceived that the Christian faith should be evident across all aspects of the Christian school.”