Thoughts and Tools

Growing a design

There are several modalities that can be identified in any good creative process.  It starts with dreaming; imagining something new (or re-imagining what is into something new).  Sometimes it may come as a flash of insight.  Sometimes it might be a vision you can see.  Sometimes it comes by thinking hard to find a new way to do an old task or make an object.  For me, I've spent time thinking about building an Blended Bible Class.

 

But if all we ever had were dreamers, where would we be?  We might have some neat sketches of new designs.  We might have great plans for beautiful gardens.  But we wouldn't have the things themselves.  That comes from an entirely different modality involved in creativity: determination.  

 

Determination energizes the hard work of taking chips of stone off of a rock until just the figure remains.  It is the motivation behind the 10,000 hours to become good at playing piano (or doing anything well, really).  Determination is what helps take an outline of learning objectives and turn them into an actual course.  I've already had to work hard to start creating the environment for accomplishing what's on my heart for this class!  And determination is what helped me create the following outline for my class:

Section 1: Introductions

  • Introductions discussion section
  • Begin reading Romans 1-3:19
  • Attend weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Post introduction.

Section 2: Romans 1-3a (weeks 2-3)

  • Attend weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Take the quiz (online) during week 2.
  • Participate in online discussions.
  • Analysis is due (online submission) at the end of week 2.
  • Application is due (online submission) at the end of week 3.
  • Begin reading Romans 3:20-6

Section 3: Romans 3b-6

(weeks 4-5)

  • Attend weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Take the quiz (online) during week 4.
  • Participate in online discussions.
  • Analysis is due (online submission) at the end of week 4.
  • Application is due (online submission) at the end of week 5.
  • Begin reading Romans 7 and 8.

Section 4: Romans 7-8

 (weeks 6-7)

  • Attend weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Take the quiz (online) during week 6.
  • Participate in online discussions.
  • Analysis is due (online submission) at the end of week 7.
  • Application is due (online submission) at the end of week 7.
  • Begin reading Romans 9-11.

Section 5: Romans 9-11

 (weeks 8-9)

  • Attend weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Take the quiz (online) during week 8.
  • Participate in online discussions.
  • Analysis is due (online submission) at the end of week 8.
  • Application is due (online submission) at the end of week 9.
  • Begin reading the rest of Romans.

Section 6: Romans 12-16

 (weeks 10-11)

  • Attend weekly synchronous sessions.
  • Take the quiz (online) during week 10.
  • Participate in online discussions.
  • Analysis is due (online submission) at the end of week 10.
  • Application is due (online submission) at the end of week 11.
 
There are more modalities to being creative.  There is more to the process.  But that is for another week.  
 
For now, what do you think about the greater detail?  Interested in seeing the actual assignments?  If you want, leave a comment.  Or you could e-mail me to get an access code to see the finer details of the assignments and the applications.
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Curtis White, M.S., M.C.E.
High School Faculty
Math, Science, Bible & Computers
Abundant Life Christian School
A Madison Christian School
608.221.1520
Curtis_White@limtw.net