Term Exam!!!!!

Creativity Killers
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • TV/Computers

Why are we engaged in this educational inistry? What concepts of Christian Education must we have to be faithful in scripture?
Unless there is clarity here there can be no success in the overall endeavor, for success is not defined
What are the essential truths in which students must be educated? What is the core content of our educational ministry to be?
The core content is deterined in the light of our primary and secondary aims
How must the truth be taught so that learners are fully engaged by it-heads, hearts and hands? How can we acheive confluence of the various learning domains in our teaching?

We are to love God with our whole beings; how does this affect the educational task?

How do the materials teach the truth?

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Where will the instruction occur? In what types of contexts are students best instructed and nurtured?
What kind of classroom environments are most effective? Beyond the classroom, what else must we attend to in the overall learninge nvironment we provide the learners?
Who is to serve the task of instructing and nurturing others? What manner of persons must those ministers be? What role does personal contact play in faithful and effective Christian education?
Who are the various role players in our endeavor and how can their efforts be well coodinated?
To whom are we called as ministers of Christian nurture? How can the content be presented so that real cultural congruence is achieved?
What else do we know about our learners-cultural issues, personal history, learning styles, and how can this help us to instruct more effectively?
When are these things to be introduced to various groups of learners? What is the role of continuity in Christian instruction and nurture?

Issues of readiness and developmental sensitivity are involved here

The character and modeling of adult leaders may provide the deepest and most lasting impact in the overall education of the students

3 Types of Curriculum
  1. Explicit-the curriculum that you plan
  2. Implicit-catches us by surprise, what is learned but not intended
  3. Null-what is not included in the explicit curriculum-it is intentionally left out

Dewey’s Theory on Teaching in two words


Experiencial Education

Types of Objectives


    1. Expressive
    2. Behavioral
    3. Problem Solving

    What are some characteristics of a creative person?
    1. Curious
    2. Imaginative
    3. Strong-Willed
    4. Independent Thinkers
    5. Resist Authority
    6. Sense of Humor

    What prevents creativity?
    1. Right Answer
    2. “that’s not logical”
    3. follow the rules
    4. be practical
    5. avoid ambiguity
    6. to error is wrong
    7. play is frivolous

    Diverging Learning Style

    -combines the concrete experience and reflective observation phases

    -people with this learning style view concrete situaions from different points of view

    Assimilating Style

    -combines the reflective observation and abstract conceptualization phases

    -people with this learning style understand a wide range of inforation and put it into concise, logical form.

    Converging Learning Style

    -combines the abstract conceptualization and active experiementation phases

    -people with this learning style are best at finding practical uses for ideas and theories.

    -Ability to solve problems and make decisions based on finding solutions to questions or problems

    Accommodating Learning Style

    -combines the active experimentation and concrete experience

    -people with this learning style have the ability to learn from hands-on experience

    -enjoy carring out plans and involving yourself in new and challenging experiences

    Learning Style Grid Includes:


    -Accommodating and Diverging


    -Diverging and Assimilating


    -Assimilating and Converging


    -Converging and Accommodating

    Dewian Principles
    • education finds its purpose in the student
    • student is active not passive
    • teacher’s role is advisor, coach, guide
    • school is a microrganism of a much larger society
    • Atmosphere should be connective and not democratic

    Key Influences on John Dewey


    1. Thomas Jefferson-democracy; majority rules, everybody has a voice or opinion
    2. Williams James-pragmatism; professor at Harvard, every idea must be practicated through everyday results
    3. Charles Darwin-environment; adapting to environment and surroundings

    Implications of Dewian Education


    1. Objectives of Education-loved leisure and thought that play could be both learning and work
    2. Process of Learning-freedom of selecting educational choices-not everyone is wired in the same way
    3. Teachers in Education-you don’t know it all because no one could-teacher is not a disciplinarion



    fostering intellectual growth with students; going deep educational process from one generation to the next=all they care about is the test



    Student development is more important than the subject matter-relevant to the students lives



    Critical Thinking

    Have to teach peopel how to thinkr rather than giving them the information

    Social Reconstructionism
    Provide answers to social needs, want students to go out in the world and love out their faith
    Transitting material; content centered, behavior modification, effeciancy-over dependence upon the teacher
    The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of reality. “What is ultimately real?”

    What is a school’s first task?


    To teach basic knowledge to students


    Progressive Education


    • all the experiences the children have under the authority of the school
    • children differ from one another in background but the real curriculum that are getting is the experience that they have individually
    • what children learn in classrooms like being on time, children figure it out on their own

    Two Most Important Things in Schools Today
    1. Quality of Curriculum
    2. Quality of Teaching



    Most important and accurate criticism of American education: a natural outcome for society which has traditionally been concerned with the “how” rather than the “why” of modern life
    Empirical Knowledge
    Built into the very nature of the human experience
    Myth #1
    Students learn better when they are sitted upright at desks (informal)
    Myth #2
    Students perform better on test and learn more in quiet environments
    Myth #3
    Students learn best in well illuminated areas
    Myth #4

    Students learn difficult subjects best early in the morning when they alert


    Myth #5
    Students who do not sit still are not ready to learn
    Myth #6

    Whole group learning is the best way to teach

    -some people learn better alone

    Myth #7

    Students learn best in blocks of 40-50 minutes

    -time factor doesn’t really matter

    -when you’re engaged in something you are interested in, you can keep your focus

    Myth #8
    Students learn only what is projected up on the screen!
    Community Formation Grid  Contains

    1. Productivity



    4. Socialization

    Engaging Teaching


    Students do not want to be entertained they want to be engaged in what they are learning about

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