Academic Books

These references have been included on this page by BJU Press to help the reader acquire a wide scope of knowledge concerning how to start and maintain a Christian school. The fact that they are included on this page should not, however, be construed as endorsement of the entire contents, other works by the same author(s) or other materials by the same publisher.


Arter, Judith A., Kathleen U. Busick. Practice with Student-Involved Classroom Assessment. Prentice-Hall, 2002.

Stiggins, Richard J. Student-Involved Classroom Assessment. Prentice-Hall, 2000.

Classroom Management

Berry, Sharon R. 100 Ideas That Work! Discipline in the Classroom. Purposeful Designs, 1994.

Hobbs, Dayton. Classroom Discipline: A-Z. Gospel Projects Press, 1986.

This title is currently out of print.


Hess, Donnalyn. Best Books. BJU Press, 1994.

Comments on hundreds of books for kindergarten through high-school-age students. Includes an annotated list of books for discussion and concludes with guidelines for evaluating literary quality and moral tone.

McCallum, Elizabeth, Jane Scott. The Book Tree: A Christian Reference for Children's Literature. Canon Press, 2008.

Surrett, Alfonso. What Did You Really Say? Understanding the Destructive Effects of Profanity. Ebed, 1996.


Chapman, Gary, and Ross Campbell. The Five Love Languages of Children. Northfield, 1997.

Chapman, Gary. The Five Love Languages of Teenagers. Northfield, 2000.

Yount, William R. Created to Learn: A Christian Teacher's Introduction to Educational Psychology. Nashville: Broadman-Holman, 1996.


DeJong, Norman. Teaching for a Change: A Transformational Approach to Education. Presbyterian and Reformed, 2001.

How Can Our Schools Make the Grade? Recent school tragedies have deepened concerns about education in our land. Parents, administrators, and public officials grope for answers but cannot agree on the root of the problem. At issue is the very purpose of education. Is it to fill blank minds? to impart skills for landing lucrative jobs? to create model citizens in a politically correct society? The task goes much deeper than filling memory banks and curbing outward behavior, says Norman De Jong. A lifelong educator on several levels, Dr. De Jong calls Christian schools and homeschoolers to a fundamentally biblical philosophy of education, one that deals with human nature, revealed truth, and a child's need to be transformed.

Galindo, Israel. The Craft of Christian Teaching: Essentials for Becoming a Very Good Teacher. Judson Press, 1998.

The primary content of Christian teaching is in the relationship of Jesus Christ. First is the teacher's relationship with Jesus and then the relationship to the kids. Based on educational theory and years of experience in Christian education, this is a well-written, readable book. In Part I Galindo looks at theory and foundations. Part II covers the framework of Christian teaching, Part III speaks directly to the teacher, and Part IV addresses the craft of teaching. Part V concludes the book with an examination of teaching methods.

Herbster, Carl D. Productive Teaching in the Christian School. BJU Press, 1988.

Veteran educator and pastor, Dr. Carl Herbster shares his wisdom on every aspect of life as a Christian school teacher.

Jacquot, Ardell. Guide to Successful Christian Teaching. American Association of Christian Schools, 1990.

Lockerbie, Bruce. Asking Questions: A Classroom Model for Teaching the Bible. Mott Media, 1980.

Each question leads to a variety of responses intended to teach, first, what the text says; then, what it means; and finally how its principles apply to Bible readers today.

Lowrie, Roy. To Those Who Teach in ChristianSchools. Association of Christian Schools, 1978.

Martin, David L. Handbook for Creative Teaching. Rod and Staff Publishers, 1986.

A comprehensive work on every phase and aspect of schoolteaching. Written especially for the beginning and inexperienced teacher, the book addresses and discusses in a very readable style, what schoolteaching is all about and how to do it.

Some of the subjects discussed are: preparing to teach; day-by-day classroom techniques; how to motivate students to apply themselves to learning; what to do with problem pupils and situations; how to teach the slow student. Also, how to... grade papers; plan lessons; direct recess activities; divert problems before they arise; answer questions helpfully ask questions that stimulate thinking; prepare schedules; work with the school board and parents; discipline constructively; plan time efficiently; much, much more. An index assists the teacher in finding the answers to his specific needs and questions.

Melchert, Charles F. Wise Teaching: Biblical Wisdom and Educational Ministry. Continuum International, 1998.

Like Brueggemann, Melchert seeks to develop a contemporary educational theory out of his view of education in ancient Israel. Unlike Brueggemann, Melchert chooses to focus on the wisdom tradition for this theory. This book may prove helpful in assessing the ethos of biblical wisdom and determining a way to use the wisdom material effectively in a congregation.

Moore, Mary Elizabeth. Teaching from the Heart: Theology and Educational Method. Trinity Press, 1998.

Palmer, Parker J. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007.

Schindler, Clause. Sowing for Excellence. ACSI, 1987.

Sorenson, David. Training Your Child to Turn Out Right. American Association of Christian Schools, 1995.

Yount, William R. Called to Teach: An Introduction to the Ministry of Teaching. Nashville: Broadman-Holman, 1999.

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