Group Study Guide for

Teaching That Transforms

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Why Anabaptist-Mennonite Education Matters

by John D. Roth

Study Guide written by Dale Shenk, Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, Indiana.

These questions are intended to expand and deepen appreciation for Roth's book. Although page numbers are not provided in most cases, the questions are given in the approximate sequence that the themes occur in the chapters. These questions are also available for download as a Word document or in PDF format.

Also see Teaching That Transforms in the MennoMedia online catalog.

Introduction Chapter 4
Chapter 1 Chapter 5
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 / Conclusion
Chapter 3  

Chapter 4: Outcomes of a Mennonite Education

  1. On page 127 Roth raises a series of questions on what is expected from Mennonite schools. Try to quantify or describe these expectations. How would we know that this is happening?
  2. Roth lists a moral framework and spiritual components as two of the contexts in which students should see information. What might that look like in a history class on the birth of a nation or a unit on Shakespeare?
  3. Reflect on your own educational experiences. When were you invited to explore the connections between academic learning and-life situations? What kinds of learning outside the classroom took place? How did this change you?
  4. There is sometimes a tension between an approach to education that allows for experimentation and exploration and a more controlled and safe approach. How should these be balanced? Should Roth's daughter have been allowed to eat the worm?
  5. At the top of page 148 the author outlines how to structure discussions in a way that might help discussion flow more freely and invite more careful listening. Does your congregation practice this method? How have you seen this method used?
  6. How are gifts nurtured in your congregation and in your schools? Is there a diverse set of opportunities and experiences or do a few people or students do everything?
  7. The chapter ends with an idea of what assessment might look like. Push this out further and think together about what else could be done to assess progress.
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