Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Solomon and the Existentialist Style of Learning


Proverbs 22: 6 (NIV) - "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

We have looked at the nine major categories of Learning Styles over several weeks. Today, we will conclude this look.

Do you know anyone who thinks in the "Big Picture" mode? They love deep thought, deep questions. They are strong in metaphysical reasoning. You might even consider them a "philosopher." If you do, this person is probably an Existentialist style of learner.

Solomon in the Old Testament portrays someone who may have been this type of learner. Consider what he says in Ecclesiastes 1: 16 - 18 (NIV) -"I thought to myself, 'Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.' Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief." Deep thoughts? Deep ways of looking at the world.

Jesus would apply this method often with His questions. Consider the question that he placed before His deiciples in Matthew 16 - "Who do men say that I am?" This is much deeper than just a "fact-finding" mission. He was delving into the metaphysical concerns of who He really was.

These are the most challenging students to teach for most of us. They are often much deeper thinkers than we are. Yet, to be successful, consider ways to challenge and teach these students.

For Kingdom Education,

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