Exulting in Monotony

from December 2nd, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I loved the thought Ian Thomas shared in chapel this week about exulting in monotony. I’ve read the quote below quite a few times since Tuesday’s chapel because there’s so much truth in it. “Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They […]

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Our New Trampoline

from November 18th, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

With the weather being so nice lately, the Collier kids got an early Christmas present from their Nana and Paw on Saturday— a trampoline. The boys and I spent a few hours assembling it Sunday afternoon, and then all the kids (and I) jumped for a couple of hours that evening. The next morning, they […]

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Teaching is hard – but worth it

from November 11th, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

It’s hard to believe we’re already ending our second week of November! The football playoffs are here, winter sports are getting up and going, and we’re all moving right along. As with most things, it’s easy to get in a routine, go through our day-to-day motions, and take for granted how blessed we are to […]

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Getting an Alumni’s Perspective

from November 4th, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Over the past two weeks, several of us have travelled to Searcy and Fayetteville to meet-up with recent CAC graduates to have dinner and learn from their perspectives. It’s been great catching up and hearing how things are going, but the real learning has happened in small groups by asking two questions: What should we […]

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How is This Year Going?

from October 28th, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Just about every day someone will ask me, “How is this year going so far?” “It’s great” just doesn’t cut it, and neither does “It’s awesome!” or “So far, so good… I hope it continues.” Most times I can’t think of the perfect thing to say, which then makes me worried I’ll give the impression […]

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Being a Philippians 2 Teacher

from October 21st, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

One of our best back-to-school inservice sessions was our time with Sherry Pogue (I got you on that one— you thought I was going to say the session when we went over the handbook!). The idea of being a Philippians 2 teacher really stuck with me, and this past week, I was reminded of the […]

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A School Year is Not a Marathon

from October 14th, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

In a recent podcast, author Marcus Buckingham said, “A year isn’t a marathon; it’s fifty-two sprints.” He goes on to explain that a week is a man-made unit of time that has a natural rhythm to it. By thinking in these terms, we aren’t stuck in a longterm plan; rather, we have the flexibility to […]

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Homecoming Week Lessons

from October 7th, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Although it’s crazy, Homecoming Week is pretty fun. Our students (and teachers) do an amazing job and really get into it, and it’s awesome seeing everyone having fun and being a community. It’s also a great opportunity to build the skills we want our students to develop each day of the year. Creativity Leadership Collaboration […]

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Learning Alongside Students

from September 30th, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

During some classroom observations this week, I stopped by a few classes while they were watching a movie, and I was reminded of this from Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess: I missed a couple days of school recently and had my substitute teacher show a video. Upon return, several students complained that it […]

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The Dip

from September 23rd, 2016 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

The Dip by Seth Godin is a little book about knowing when to quit and when to push through something. It’s a fascinating read that can be read from many perspectives: career, relationships, marketing, advertising, projects, sports, hobbies, etc. Basically anything we start doing potentially has a dip— that is, if it’s worth doing. The […]

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