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Transcript of Philosophies

Philosophies of
LCMS Professors

Who participated in the survey?
12 Professors at CTX
Representatives from all 4 CTX Colleges
11 have or are enrolled to get their doctorates
9 have taught in elementary or secondary classrooms
What practices are they currently using?
How do you structure your classes to attain the ideal environment?
What does a typical day in your courses look like?
What is their ideal classroom?
Dr. Antrim, Professor Baker, Dr. Buchheimer, Professor Carey, Dean Christian, Pat Fick,
Dr. Heck, Dr. Hollatz, Doc Meissner, Dr. Muench, Dr. Puffe, and Dean Trovall.
Group Work:
What is your educational/ teaching background?
"The number of questions I ask vs. the number of statements I make, More questions the better.
The amount of time students talk vs. the amount of time I talk,
More students talk the better."
“Reading maketh a full man;
conference a ready man;
and writing an exact man.”
-Francis Bacon
What do you feel is the best environment for
collegiate or graduate students?
Students are engaged and take initiative.
Everyone has an active role.
Learning happens both inside and outside the classroom.
Everyone creates a safe and accepting community.
Founded on Christian values.
Students have choices.
• "This is based on the needs of the learners-
every class is different since you will never
find two classes that are exactly the same."
"I also let them know that I am as
much a learner as a teacher."
Well, what are their teaching philosophies?
Choose one word that sums up your teaching philosophy.
Explain your choice.
What's your word?
Are they reflective practitioners?
Do you have your philosophy as a typed document?
How often do you reflect over and edit your philosophy?
Typed Document
Yes: 7
Out of the 7 who have a document, only 3 reflect over it at least once a year.
What does faith have to do with it?
How does your faith influence your teaching philosophy?
How has God’s call influenced your philosophy?
Faith is foundation so it fully and implicitly influences everything.
Utilize Jesus as a model for their interactions.
"Faith takes away the pressure to control the material."
New experiences gives new ways to view the world and teaching.
What wisdom do you have to pass along?
What advice do you have for teacher candidates as they prepare their own faith based philosophy?
"..question their ideas/beliefs to begin to own their ideas/ beliefs.."
"Students won’t always remember what you teach, but they will remember who you are in terms of character, depth, and the love you show for them."
"Take your time writing it...Make changes as God speaks to you."
"We tend to teach the way our professors we admire the most taught. Let God be the one you watch, and model."
Do you believe that college/graduate studies
are for all people? Why?

No: 8 Yes: 2 Maybe: 2
"I believe God gifts people in many different ways. Academic rigor is not for everyone."
"I think the university needs to look to make changes to better meet the needs of their students and the local community."
"Schooling is a formal process of information...and may not educate. Education is preparation for life."
Philosophies of
Seminary Professors
(Saint Louis, MO)

Educational Background
Rev. Becker- In high school I realized how much teaching pastors do, and so intentionally I became a teacher before going to the seminary. I served as eighth grade teacher in a Lutheran school in Detroit, and as DCE in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Placerville, California for a total of 12 years before going to seminary as a student. After graduating from Seminary I served in Southern Illinois and Missouri districts in two congregations that had Lutheran Day schools. My teaching experience, both as a DCE and as a pastor, has been one of the most rewarding things of my ministry over the years, as I have watched the Word of God take root in people’s lives, as they grow in faith and in love for one another. Now at the seminary, I have the opportunity to teach the “Pastor as Educator” class, to help equip students who will be future pastors and deaconesses for their teaching ministries.
What are the best ways for students to learn pertinent information?
How do you structure your class to attain that environment?
accommodate to your students different learning styles
How does knowing that your students will be “called” into the ministry affect your teaching?
I teach from my own pastoral and teaching experiences, toward a goal of preparing these students to be teachers of God’s word in their various callings to ministry
In one word state your teaching philosophy
We the special (future) educators of the world and being certified in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod makes us even more unique!
How will faith be incorporated into your own teaching philosophy?
What advice do you have for teacher/pastoral candidates as they prepare for their own
teaching philosophy?
Continue to grow in your knowledge of God’s Word and in your relationship with your Lord
devotional time
"Take every opportunity to practice what you learn about teaching the faith by actually doing it."
power point visuals that accompany lectures
small group discussion
active and interactive learning activities
practicum- actual teaching experiences
individual and group projects
writing assignments
1. theory
2. theology
3. practice
I try to make it very practical for what they are already doing during field work, will soon be doing on vicarage/internship, and will be doing throughout their ministries.
Teaching God’s Word is about relationships. God chose us to have a relationship with him through faith in his son, Jesus Christ. Our goal in teaching is to make disciples, bring people into a relationship with God and help them grow in that relationship, in their knowledge of God’s Word and in their faith in Jesus. To teach well, we need to get to know our students. I teach that, and I try to do that in my classes.
How does your faith influence your teaching philosophy? How has God's call influenced your teaching philosophy?
My faith in Jesus is what motivates me to teach. Because I love my Lord and his Word, I want others to know him and his word. That is why we teach.
Each place of service has helped me grow in my faith, in my knowledge of God’s Word and of his people. I learned much about teaching God’s word from my mentor/pastors with whom I worked. Even in pastoral ministry, in team ministry, I learned from the pastors and teachers with whom I worked.
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