Is Memorization Still Important in Christian Education?

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Is memorization still important in Christian education? We live in an age of constantly changing information, and that knowledge (new and old) is disseminated so quickly that it exceeds any of our capacities to stay current. Information is available at the click of a button, and some things that we learn today will become obsolete tomorrow. As a result, you might hear educators downplaying …

Why Personalized Learning?

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Personalized learning is an approach to education that focuses on adapting lessons and learning experiences to each learner. It is a term used in contrast to creating a single lesson and presenting that same lessons to all students in the same way and at the same pace. What role might personalized learning play in the Lutheran school and classroom? How …

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Five Foundations to Exploring Technology in Christian Education

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In this increasingly digital age, what is the role of technology in Christian education? How do we decide when to try something new and when it is just another passing trend that risks distracting us from our core mission and vision? If we survey Christian educators on this topic, we will find some who are passionate advocates and others who …

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Tapping into the Global Network of Lutheran Educators

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I used to joke that The Lutheran Annual is better than any roadside service program. If you are a church worker in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, your car could break down almost anywhere in the United States, and you could probably find another church worker within fifty miles to help you out. Of course, The Lutheran Annual precedes the Internet by decades. …

Reflective Practice and the Christian Teacher

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As we enter the Lenten season, a time of reflection for Christians, it also seems like a good time to think about the role of reflection for the Christian teacher. I’ve been teaching for over twenty years. I like to think that this means that I’ve become a better teacher over time, but the truth is that putting in the time …

Assessment in Religious Education: Why It Matters

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Assessment in religious education isn’t a popular topic, but it is an important one. When I use the word assessment, I’m not talking about grading, testing, or quizzing. I’m referring to something far more fundamental. Allow me to explain. I taught two courses on Teaching the Faith at Concordia Theological Seminary several years ago. The students in one class were …