Finding Motivation in Vocation

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otivation, in my experience, is one of the key problems we have with youth and adults in parish education. In talking with a variety of adults and young adults (anecdotally, of course), I have found a few reasons for this lack of motivation. As Lutherans, we can take some odd comfort in the reality that the Old Adam will always resist …

Five Kinds of Questions and How to Use Them

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ersonally, I love asking questions in parish education; they open up so many doors to engagement. Lecture is a useful tool in conveying important information and ideas. Questioning engages the learner in inquiry, discussion, reflection, and so much more. I have found, however, that not all questions are created equal. Different kinds of questions elicit different kinds of answers. If we’re not …

Something to Consider When Asking Questions

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Questions, Lecture, and Engagement In stressful times, parish educators tend to rely on existing methods, or for the sake of this blog, “tools,” for accomplishing educational goals. The primary teaching tool we have in our mental toolbox, I submit, is straight-up lecture. There is nothing wrong with lecturing, sharing, or “talking at” people. As a pastor, oftentimes this is what I …