Creating a Safe Environment
We have been hearing a lot about classroom safety in the news lately. Just as physical safety is important to all classrooms, adult learners also need to feel that the framework for their learning is “safe.” How do we create that environment? We allow our learners to have a voice in designing the learning process, we lay out the sequence of the lesson, we allow all voices to be heard, and we nurture a nonjudgmental environment.

Dr. Sue Holtz is the author of our feature article this month. Dr. Holtz serves as the Director of Technology Integration and Support at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, the seminary of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. She received her doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in 2004. The topic of her dissertation was Nurturing Cooperative Learning Online. Her background is in teaching business communications at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has also taught technology courses at various colleges.
They never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.  Acts 5:42
Adult Education: Additum
Dialogue Learning's Impact on Teaching

In the fifth of his series of interviews, Missionary Paul Nitz discusses how dialogue education creates a third culture in the Bible study classroom.

Teaching Toolbox
Interactive Faith

The WELS Commission on Discipleship provides a resource for Bible study that could be used in a classroom environment, but it is designed especially for access by individuals all throughout the world.

Curriculum Connection
The Narrow Lutheran Middle

Throughout the ages, Christians have often tried to force Scripture to fit within the confines of their human reason. Sometimes that results in misunderstandings. Often that results in faith-destroying heresies. Modern- day Christianity has “gone off the road” on one side or the other when it comes to using human reason to understand the truths of Scripture.

Every generation of Christians will benefit from Prof. Deutschlander’s book The Narrow Lutheran Middle and Pastor McKenney's corresponding Bible study. The Bible study discusses the book’s content—point by point, page by page—paying particular attention to the book’s presentation on Scripture.

Sample Leader's Guide: PDF
Sample Student Lesson: PDF

Click here to watch Prof. Deutschlander's presentation about the book at NPH Christian Books & Gifts.
Teaching Tip

Take advantage of the pre-class lull by posting a thought-provoking question or statement for students to see as they're filing in. This helps get them ready to learn, so that when the class starts, you're off and running.
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Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and WELS Adult Discipleship.