We are so thankful for our WELS College of Ministry.
“History is philosophy teaching by examples.”
That quote is attributed to the great Athenian general and historian, Thucydides. We all know the old saying, “those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” While true, the quote from Thucydides gives that saying true gravity. History not only teaches us about the past, it teaches us about ourselves. It teaches us the principle that everything throughout history has a grand purpose and plan laid out by our Creator.
So this bears the question, do you find yourself in a history teaching rut? Do you find yourself repeating endless lessons without flavor and life? Do you spend too many days assigning text without context or meaning?
Don’t feel ashamed, we’ve all been there.
I’ve got good news, you can bring history to life immediately. Allow me to share just a few ideas and a little background on myself.
To kick off 2016, we talked about the importance of reflection as a teacher. So often we can get bogged down in the day to day rigor of just being a teacher. Think about what goes into your day after you finish teaching. Grading papers, preparing for the next lessons, organizing and cleaning the classroom, congregational duties, and other teaching duties just to name a few. We can quickly become overwhelmed. Unfortunately, taking the time to reflect can often get pushed to the side.
Now what if I told you that you could do your job of reflection in just five, short minutes every day? Would you be more likely to make that a habit and set it into your daily routine?
Thankfully, this is possible. A small, simple journal is all you need. Now those of us who were graduates of Martin Luther College perhaps remember, with horror, those special, little things known as reflection journals during student teaching. Let me be clear, that is not what I’m talking about when I refer to journaling.
We need something doable. Something that we can look forward to each day and make a routine in our daily schedule as a teacher. Our goal shouldn’t be a two-page written essay in a notebook. If that excites you, more power to you. However, for the rest of us, a short bulleted list does the trick with the same effect.