There’s nothing better than landing in a room full of people whose eyes light up over the same topics that light yours. I just spent two hours discussing how to get students to participate in class, so they absorb information. Fun, yes?
We did this activity where we had to ask other teachers questions, and one of them was, “How do we know if kids are thinking on a higher level?” So I asked a teacher that question, and she said, Show me.
I looked at her confused. What do you want me to show you?
I’m answering your question, she said. If I want to know whether students are thinking on a higher live, I ask them to show me what they know. They have to be able to demonstrate it.
This is what Jesus says to us.
It’s possible to pick up a Bible and use lower-level thinking skills to breeze through a passage, yet never absorb the truth enough to turn around and demonstrate that we get it.
In fact, it’s possible to spend YEARS doing this.
It’s like during one of the staff lectures today. When the speaker was done she said, Okay, now write down what these abbreviations mean, and let’s see how much you remember of what I just said. That would be when I realized I had been thinking on a low level –really, really super low. Subfloor. (In my defense, it was a hot room at 2:45 in the afternoon. I promise I was a great student up to then.)
I couldn’t show her that I knew what she had just taught.
How do we know that we know Jesus?
“…if we keep his commands.” (1 John 2:3)
Can’t get by with the deceptive head nod and eyes propped by toothpicks.