Stillwater Area Schools are testing a new concept in teaching this fall, involving a “flipped” concept, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press 9-27-11. In this “flipped” method of teaching, students listen to a daily lesson on their computer at home, delivered by their classroom teacher (or another teacher at the same school), and then come to school to do their homework, with the help of the classroom teacher. The students may pause or rewind the lesson, to further understand a concept, and then the teacher assists the students during the in-class homework time, so a concept is more fully integrated.
Each of us learns in our own unique way in life. Sometimes we learn from the hard knocks of life, or from repeating the same patterns of behavior until we recognize that we want to change our life. Sometimes we learn quickly and other times very slowly, incorporating the knowledge of an experience into our sense of self.
In each lifetime, we have certain lessons to learn or goals to achieve. These lessons can be, but are not necessarily work related. Our life lessons are tied into our purpose. It is through our dreams and deep desires, we remember the path/life plan we created before we were born, and set about the process of realizing the fulfillment of these lessons. A life lesson usually has more to do with learning compassion, learning to love completely, learning to have faith, learning to not act violently towards others or in any situation, learning self love, learning to overcome living in fear, etc.
Every living human being is on earth to learn lessons. Some of these lessons are difficult and may take many lifetimes to learn. Moreover, all of these lessons are in relation to other living beings. Living in a void, would be impossible for integrating and mastering life lessons.
Let us pause and think about this concept with the Stillwater Area Schools; imagine pausing our fast paced life, rewinding an experience, and maybe changing our response. Would we calm down at times, instead of “overreacting”? Would we change our behavior or experiences? We may ponder how our life would be different if we could simply pause or rewind moments, in our daily life and learning.
In a sense that is what we as Jews do this time of year, we are asked to contemplate our life at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We examine how our life has unfolded, what we want to change in our interactions, and how we want to have our life unfold in the future. In essence, it is time to examine our growth, our learning, and to pause, taking stock of our self and to look at our learning. Our homework is our daily life, how we choose to learn will determine the unfolding of our future.
Thank-you for reading. A very Happy and Healthy New Year to all.