Feb 26

What do a can opener, a pencil sharpener, and a lock have to do with Jesus?

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Where do we go when things get too tough and get to be too much for us? How do we relax and keep our focus on Jesus?

Use this object lesson to teach how Jesus got away and knew how to keep his focus on His Heavenly Father.

Materials: a can opener, a can, a pencil sharpener, an unsharpened pencil, a key, a lock, a bottle, and a bottle opener

Choose 4 children to each hold on to one of the following items: the can opener, the pencil sharpener, the lock, and the bottle opener.

Choose 4 more children to choose one of the remaining items in the bag: the can, the unsharpened pencil, the key, or the bottle.

When each child chooses an item, ask him to choose which of the other objects his item goes with, which object the item works, opens, or operates.

Once the children decide the correct item and object, talk about how appropriately each item matches the correct objects. It would be silly to try to sharpen the pencil with a bottle opener or unlock the can opener with the key.

Each object was made for a purpose and has a direct job to perform. Say that the children knew which item goes with which object without much help at all. But sometimes we all need help. Where do we go for help? Where did Jesus go for help?

Luke 5:16 explains that Jesus decided to go away to a quiet place and talk to His Father. Jesus knew where to go to ask for help. He knew He needed time away to listen and pray.

As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.We all must learn where we can go for quiet time and learning.

Feb 25

The Power Bible Review

powerbibleIf you are looking for a way to get children interested in reading and the Bible, the Power Bible is a different choice for them. This Bible story book is written like a comic book with colorful pictures and images.

The chapters are divided into sections to cover individual Bible stories. There are creative characters in each story drawn as cartoon characters.

Many of the characters are drawn to look like children themselves so children can place themselves in the stories and feel a personal life application as they read.

 

Published by Green Egg Media, the Bible story book is written on a younger elementary reading level with easy-to-read words and language.

 

Nov 04

Appreciative Inquiry Competencies

Think positive, do not negative

Important competencies in framing Appreciative Inquiry evaluations are Professional Practices and Project Management. In thinking about evaluations, educators must strive for ethics, integrity, and honesty in all approaches towards clients and stakeholders. Any breach in honest interactions causes disruptions and invalid evaluation results. Evaluators must obtain consent from all stakeholders and participants prior to beginning any study. Consent leads to constant communication with clients to ensure a collaborative teamwork approach. Appreciative Inquiry evaluations are not meant to fix problems but are meant to work and improve situations and interactions. Positive communication is a great benefit for all stakeholders to build professional relationships within organizations.

Preskill, H. & Catsambas, T. (2006) Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.

Nov 03

Appreciative Inquiry: The Poetic Principle

A continuation in the posts describing the Core Principles of Appreciative Inquiry:

Appreciative Inquiry is an evaluation process that develops and creates a better future in organizations. It is not a means to fix organization issues but is a means of addressing and changing challenging issues to make organizations better and more successful. It works to discover what is working well and then envisions what the organization would look like if the best occurred.

 

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People and organizations are stories. They learn through stories. They are inspired through stories. In a classroom with young children, pull out a book for story time and most students will join in to listen and learn. Children love stories. People want to be a part of stories.

People can choose what they want to study in an organization which influences the direction of the organization (Preskill & Catsambas, 2006, 10). The stories in an organization are subject to interpretation and inspiration and the perspectives of the individuals. The direction of the interpretations determines the direction of the organization.

 

Preskill, H. & Catsambas, T. (2006) Reframing Evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.

Nov 03

Appreciative Inquiry: The Principle of Simultaneity

A continuation in the posts describing the Core Principles of Appreciative Inquiry:

Appreciative Inquiry is an evaluation process that develops and creates a better future in organizations. It is not a means to fix organization issues but is a means of addressing and changing challenging issues to make organizations better and more successful. It works to discover what is working well and then envision what the organization would look like if the best occurred.

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Individuals must ask questions. They must ask a lot of questions. Questions allow individuals to learn and grow. There is really no such thing as a dumb question. The only dumb question is the one not asked. By asking questions, individuals “begin to change the way they think and act” (Preskill & Catsambas, 2006, 10). Answers from the questions set the stage for what is discovered, and individuals (and organizations) learn from the stories to discover and grow for the future.

 

Preskill, H. & Catsambas, T. (2006) Reframing Evaluation through Appreciative Inquiry. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.

Oct 31

Strawinsky Video Review

The following video is geared for school-age children to teach a lesson. The video is done with clear, crisp animations where characters teach a lesson through story and music and singing. The story appeals to the visual needs and interests of young children and offers quality education in a technology mode. The story teaches the importance of books and reading while appealing to the video interests of young students.

Click the following link to view the video:

Strawinsky.net

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