This is my 5 page reflection paper for my “Teaching the Bible in Church” class at Princeton Theological Seminary. For more info on the class, see my separate post about it.
Thus far in life, my perspective on education has been based mostly on my experience as a student or “learner” as I have learned may be a better term to use. I have known for quite some time that there were different learning styles and had an inkling of an idea that there were different teaching styles though I did not know what they were. I have also understood that learning is more about connections that it is about pieces of information. In light of that, the opportunities I have had to teach I have gone into them with the explicit goal of helping people make connections which is a hefty expectation to be sure. In delving into the arena of Christian Education in this class, I have begun to see that I have only begun to see the tip of the iceberg and that learning and teaching are very intricately nuanced in and of themselves. That said there are three topics that seem to influence education in every aspect, whether directly or indirectly, namely the culture of the church in question, the question of assessment within the church, and my personal reflection on what God has revealed about teaching through the incarnation of God the Son. (more…)