Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Big Things Guide our Learning

Many years ago I had the unique opportunity of helping a young student learn the potential of something they knew nothing about. Since he had just mastered basic addition, subtraction himself, I showed him how a calculator was able to solve these problems and spit out answers for him if they were entered correctly. Lots of practice ensued and he was quite impressed that it knew all the answers and was consistently correct. I then showed him how it could also work in the domain of his newest skill - multiplication. With wide-eyed wonder, he looked at me and said “This thing can do multiplication too?”

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it. ~William Haley

At LCES we are interested in creating those life-long learners that William Haley, a British newspaper executive, was talking about. He lived and worked between the world wars, a time period where information was delivered by a teacher or book, not by Wikipedia, twitter, or facebook. So, what do we hope to see in our life-long learners of 2017?

Connectedness: We aim for our students to see God’s creation as an intricate, complex, and amazing
example of how purposeful God is. God’s world is something to be studied as a whole, as well as in

Discernment We want our students to develop tools and have opportunities to practice, under the
watchful idea of a passionate educator, figuring out what is God’s truth and what it means for them.
God’s world is designed around God’s truth.

Service: We strive to have our students live out the truth of biblically knowing as the study the Lord’s
handiwork directs them to love their
neighbor in every way, in everything they do and say. God’s world is one of community.

Wonder: God’s world is a place of beauty and we wish for our students to meet God in new ways as
they learn. God’s world speaks of his greatness.

Big things guide our learning!


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