Introduction to Christian Education: Section 7

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Introduction to Christian Education: Section 7

  1. 1. THE LAW OF READINESS Pages 114-126 Monday, 19 August 13
  2. 2. MOST TEACHERS GO TO THEIR WORK EITHER PARTLY PREPARED OR WHOLLY UNPREPARED. THEY ARE LIKE MESSENGERS WITHOUT A MESSAGE. THEY LACK ENTIRELY THE POWER AND ENTHUSIASM NECESSARY TO PRODUCE THE FRUITS WHICH WE HAVE A RIGHT TO LOOK FOR FROM THEIR EFFORTS. JOHN MILTON GREGORY Monday, 19 August 13
  3. 3. THE LAW OF READINESS THE TEACHING- LEARNING PROCESS WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN BOTH STUDENT AND TEACHER ARE ADEQUATELY PREPARED Monday, 19 August 13
  4. 4. THE LAW OF READINESS THE TEACHING- LEARNING PROCESS WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN BOTH STUDENT AND TEACHER ARE ADEQUATELY PREPARED KEY WORDS OR IDEAS? Monday, 19 August 13
  5. 5. THE LAW OF READINESS THE TEACHING- LEARNING PROCESS WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN BOTH STUDENT AND TEACHER ARE ADEQUATELY PREPARED Monday, 19 August 13
  6. 6. Hendricks suggests that the problem with many classes is that you spend the whole time getting people interested in the material. How do we overcome this? “Do not think of the beginning of the class as the starting point for building interest in the subject. Instead, move the starting point back...so that by the time you get together, you are continuing to develop momentum” Monday, 19 August 13
  7. 7. SUCCESSFUL ASSIGNMENTS The law of readiness provides the philosophical basis for assignments. In a usual class you (the teacher) are well prepared - they (the students) are usually not! You are enthusiastic as you have found answers and solutions - they come with nothing Monday, 19 August 13
  8. 8. Consider how many people prepare for the Sunday morning sermon - do you? In this context ask: what is the value of assignments? Monday, 19 August 13
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  10. 10. 1. They Precipitate Thinking - mental warmup before class begins 2. They Provide a Background - a foundation, the student becomes aware of problems and issues around the subject - questions arise, curiosity is piqued. Monday, 19 August 13
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  12. 12. 3. They develop Habits of Independent Study - this is most important, students studying for themselves. As a teacher you are to stimulate the student to lifelong learning. Monday, 19 August 13
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  14. 14. What are the characteristics of good assignments? Monday, 19 August 13
  15. 15. 1. They must be creative - not simply work to keep students busy. This means it is harder for you as a teacher - writing creative assignments takes more time and thought. Monday, 19 August 13
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  17. 17. 2. They must be Thought Provoking - stretch the learners minds, even if thinking is painful still you have to do it. Monday, 19 August 13
  18. 18. 2. They must be Thought Provoking - stretch the learners minds, even if thinking is painful still you have to do it. Monday, 19 August 13
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  20. 20. 3. They must be doable - not unrealistic in terms of the students level of learning, time and energy. Monday, 19 August 13
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  22. 22. What do you do if your assignments are creative, thought provoking and doable - and yet still the students have not done them? Monday, 19 August 13
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  24. 24. Simple solution 1: do them in class Simple solution 2: (in some situations you can) ask what situations are facing the students and relate - use anonymous questions submitted by the students - real issues, dealt with in a real, practical way. Monday, 19 August 13
  25. 25. Studies have shown a direct correlation between predictability and impact. High predictability = low impact - and converse. (Methods not morals) Monday, 19 August 13
  26. 26. Jesus, who was never boring, and predictable - e.g. Roman taxation, Mark 12:13ff ...some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. They came to him and said, "Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn't we?" Monday, 19 August 13
  27. 27. But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. "Why are you trying to trap me?" he asked. "Bring me a denarius and let me look at it." 16They brought the coin, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"       "Caesar's," they replied. Then Jesus said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."       And they were amazed at him. Monday, 19 August 13
  28. 28. An English bishop said, “...wherever the apostle Paul went, they had a riot or revival. Wherever I go, they serve tea.” Monday, 19 August 13
  29. 29. An English bishop said, “...wherever the apostle Paul went, they had a riot or revival. Wherever I go, they serve tea.” What do they do where you go? What do you want them to do? How could you achieve this result? Monday, 19 August 13
  30. 30. THE LAW OF READINESS THE TEACHING- LEARNING PROCESS WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN BOTH STUDENT AND TEACHER ARE ADEQUATELY PREPARED Monday, 19 August 13
  31. 31. FIGHTING SILENCE Monday, 19 August 13
  32. 32. FIGHTING SILENCE You ask a question and get this look. Monday, 19 August 13
  33. 33. FIGHTING SILENCE You ask a question and get this look. Maybe they didn’t understand - so you rephrase the question Monday, 19 August 13
  34. 34. FIGHTING SILENCE You ask a question and get this look. Maybe they didn’t understand - so you rephrase the question What would you do now? Monday, 19 August 13
  35. 35. FIGHTING SILENCE You ask a question and get this look. Maybe they didn’t understand - so you rephrase the question What would you do now? Wait for an answer - be more patient than the students Monday, 19 August 13
  36. 36. When people are afraid to take part: 1. Encourage the students to take part 2. Affirm them when they do - “fantastic, thank you”, “I have never seen that before in all my years of studying”, “That’s a great question” Monday, 19 August 13
  37. 37. FIELDING TOUGH QUESTIONS What if you are asked a question you don’t know the answer to? Keep your mouth shut, or, “that’s a good question, I don’t have an answer, but I’ll try to get one” Monday, 19 August 13
  38. 38. Admit your answer might be superficial at that time - so write the question down and then get back to them. Don’t be embarrassed to say, “I don’t know” How would you handle threatening questions? Don’t get defensive, or negative, show a positive attitude and you might win the person asking it over to your side. Monday, 19 August 13
  39. 39. JEEVES' UNANSWERABLES 1. What is the meaning of life? 2. Is there a God? 3. Do blondes have more fun? 4. What is the best diet? 5. Is there anybody out there? 6. Who is the most famous person in the world? 7. What is love? 8. What is the secret to happiness? 9. Did Tony Soprano die? 10. How long will I live? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ technology-11368424 A website - ask.com - listed to top 10 unanswerable questions of the last 10 years - here they are Monday, 19 August 13
  40. 40. JEEVES' UNANSWERABLES 1. What is the meaning of life? 2. Is there a God? 3. Do blondes have more fun? 4. What is the best diet? 5. Is there anybody out there? 6. Who is the most famous person in the world? 7. What is love? 8. What is the secret to happiness? 9. Did Tony Soprano die? 10. How long will I live? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ technology-11368424 Monday, 19 August 13
  41. 41. CONTROLLING DISCUSSION DOMINATORS 1. Express appreciation for their contribution. Tell them privately - “I really appreciate your interest, if we could get everyone as interested as you I’d have it made” Monday, 19 August 13
  42. 42. 2. Ask them to do you a favour - “Have you noticed some people don’t participate in the class, would you help me get those people into it? Just hold back a little and let’s see if we can get everyone as involved as you are” 3. Ask them to answer a question in the class - it might be the first time anyone has asked them to answer a question and it shows you value their contribution Monday, 19 August 13
  43. 43. DEVELOP NOTE TAKERS For example notes...help to identify ideas presented in discussions and lectures. ...the lecture may be the only opportunity to learn information. ...exams are usually based upon the points covered in class. ...provide an efficient way to review and remember Monday, 19 August 13
  44. 44. THE LAW OF READINESS THE TEACHING- LEARNING PROCESS WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN BOTH STUDENT AND TEACHER ARE ADEQUATELY PREPARED Monday, 19 August 13

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