student assignments: Blog questions

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[Note: you can now click on the links below to get a view of only the blog answers to the questions below]

For the summer of 2016, all students must complete 5 blog posts on the course blog.  It is mandatory that all students complete blog question #3 and the last blog question but may pick from the other blog questions which 3 additional questions to answer.   Students may answer more than 5 questions.  Students may also add more blog posts not related to the blog questions – including sharing pictures etc.

At various times during this summer program the professors will ask the students to answer some questions on our blog.   The students will get to pick and choose which questions to answer.   Below is our first official blog assignments.  Questions to this list at various times during the program.

Course Assignment #1: First Thoughts (blogQ1)

Summarize, report and reflect on these questions: Why are you on this summer program? What do you hope for a class outcome? What is a personal strength that you can contribute to the group?  What is your prayer for this summer program?

Course Assignment #2: initial reflections on Germany(blogQ2)

You have been in Germany for a week.    What are some of your impressions on this past week.  What are some things that you did not expect?   Are there things from home that you miss?  Are there things here in Germany that you wish were back home?

Course Assignment #3: Reflections (MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS) (blogQ3)

Reflect on some of the events of WWII by commenting on some of the following: Our visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp or our visit to the holocaust museum.  You might choose to include insights into how this history perhaps affects Germany today or how these experiences affected you personally.

Course Assignment #4: What’s it like? (blogQ4)

Please post 3 or more pictures on this blog and write about the pictures. They can be anything about our time here: the places we visit, doing homework, living in the big rooms, buying food, something unusual that you noticed etc.

Course Assignment #5: Reflections on Wittenberg (blogQ5)

We went to Wittenberg this past Sunday and worshiped in the Castle Church. Afterwards we visited Martin Luther’s house (museum). In the past years,

Students submitted the following questions. Please answer one of the questions below related to Wittenberg:

  • Now that you have visited Wittenberg, is Wittenberg different from what you imagined before the trip. What’s the most impressive thing you found in Wittenberg?
  • The congregation and pastor at the church in Wittenberg seemed excited and blessed by our presence in their church. How can you bless those in your congregation in your home church through your presence there?
  • What did you find the most interesting or perplexing about visiting Wittenberg? Was there anything unexpected that occurred during the trip or that you learned while visiting the city
  • What were your thoughts concerning the church service in Wittenberg? Did you like it? How did it affect you?
  • How did learning about Martin Luther affect you? If you it didn’t affect you in anyway then why not?
  • How has seeing the place where the Reformation period started and seeing the extreme circumstances that Luther went through to bring his ideas to the surface affected your view of Christianity or your Faith?

Course Assignment #6: Reflections on Bremen (blogQ6)

Comment on your trip to Bremen. What did you find interesting about the history of the city?

Course Assignment #7: Reflections on Köln(blogQ7) 

Reflect on your experience of worshipping at high mass in the Köln Cathedral.  How is this different than your home church?  What parts of the service did you like?

It is estimated that more than 20000 people visit the cathedral each day – What were your thoughts of seeing all the “tourists” waiting to get into the church when we were leaving the service?

Course Assignment #8: Reflections on Lübeck (blogQ8)

Comment on your trip to Lübeck. What did you find interesting about this city?  Is it much different than Heidelberg?

Course Assignment #9: Open Question (blogQ9)

Make up a reflection question of your own and respond to it.

Course Assignment #10: Elevator Speech (MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS) (blogQ10)

Please answer this blog assignment right before you come back to Calvin.  It must be posted by September 1.

An elevator speech is a short summary speech that last about the length of an elevator ride (maybe 1 to 3 minutes).

When you get home, everyone is going to ask “How was Germany”. You usually will have about 3 minutes to answer (like an elevator speech) so instead of saying “Uh… it was good…” it would be better to have spent some time preparing how to answer this question. Please create a short blog post summarizing your experiences this summer.

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