I spent two years getting a teaching certification for English grades 7-12. We studied all kinds of classroom management techniques, assessments, lesson planning, and models of teaching. One of my favorite models is called the Inquiry Method.
The gist of the Inquiry Method is this: every unit is designed around an essential question. The questions are large-scale and open to create conversation. Every time I presented a lesson centered around an essential question, the students would light up.
The key to engagement, professionally and personally, is connection to essential questions. The song in the above video is by 10th Avenue North and it is one of my favorites. I included the lyric video with a point. The chorus is:
“Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn
I want to know a song can rise from ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn”
The band hits five essential questions for believers everywhere. Can redemption win? Will the struggle end? Can a heart be mended? Can you sing again after being broken? Finally, can you be reborn?
As you go forward, consider the questions and remember the answers. The walk of faith often moves in circles. Read through Psalms and you’ll see David experiencing all the ups and downs of the journey: confirmation and doubt, struggle and success. Keep in touch with the deeper meanings in life and know that everything matters. Identify your mission and purpose and know that every person you help is one step closer to seeing it through.