Finding Motivation in Vocation

Pete Jurchen Teaching in the Parish Leave a Comment

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 …

How to Transform an Activity into a Meaningful Learning Experience

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The Issue with Activity In the Wiggins and McTighe book Understanding by Design (ASCD 2005), the authors lay out what they describe as the twin sins of unit design: activity and coverage. And, boy, did they hit the nail on the head for where we often struggle as parish educators. Let me explain. When we parish educators approach teaching a …