The Teacher Is the Key
The Teacher Sets the Tone in the Classroom
Rachel Santopietro, former teacher and current BJU Press writer, states that “the teachers should be crafting student experience.” Crafting student experience takes time, energy, and planning. Excellent teachers spend their time and energy adjusting their strategies for each class and for each student in order to make sure that all students are developing in their classes. One student may grasp a concept with a brief lecture and activity, while the next may need a series of graphics breaking down concepts and explaining them visually. Excellent teachers recognize when one approach isn’t working and will rearrange the plan for the rest of the hour in order to make sure that each student has a solid grasp on the concept before continuing. At the same time, some students may understand the concepts completely from the beginning, so the teacher must build a foundation for those still learning while keeping everyone who understands engaged. BJU Press recognizes that the students’ success begins with the efforts of the teachers and their ability to adapt their material to many situations. Teachers need time to prepare their lessons with the kind of adaptability that helps them to constantly guide their students towards success.
Written for the Teachers
Because Rachel understands teachers’ needs and time constraints, she and other BJU Press textbook writers use their teacher’s editions to offer an abundance of extra resources that help the teachers to shape their lessons according to their teaching styles and according to the needs of their students. Our writers use their experiences as teachers to provide insights to what other teachers need from a teacher’s edition. We’ve done our homework to build educational resources to meet broad academic standards. Our writers have structured teacher’s editions to support new teachers and assist them to be flexible as needed. We work hard to support the educational and curricular goals of teachers and schools, reducing some of the stress of preparation so that teachers can spend more time doing what they love to do—teaching.
Rather than scripting out lesson plans, our teacher’s editions provide a fully customizable base-line and structure that helps teachers to adapt material as needed. We believe that a well-written textbook will make a teacher’s job easier, and therefore it is our commitment to provide educational resources that help lighten the load of Christian school teachers and encourage the flexibility that makes teachers the real key to the classroom.