Your educational aspirations

Discussion in 'Masonic Education' started by SivadSemaj, May 12, 2019.

  1. SivadSemaj

    SivadSemaj Registered User

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    Good evening Brethren,

    What is everyone doing, educationally, to support their desire for growth in Freemasonry?

    I decided to join the Academy of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and start becoming certified as a Masonic Scholar via their program. Pennsylvania offers three (3) levels of scholarly recognition, allowing recognition via their website for each level obtained. When level 3 is obtained, you are presented a collar and jewel which you are allow to wear in lodge. It's an opportunity to broaden your knowledge as a Mason, and bring honor, dignity, and positive notoriety to yourself, your lodge and your district. Currently I'm chipping away at the required reading for level 1, of which I expect I'll have finished in the coming month. Does your Grand Lodge offer a similar program?

    Link to the Academy.
    https://pamasonicacademy.org/certification-process/

    Thank you for taking the time to read this, and have a wonderful night!
     
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  2. Elexir

    Elexir Registered User

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    My grand lodge does a lot in terms of education.

    We have an active lodge of reserch wich publices a lot of material across all degrees, holds seminars etc.

    We also have whats called the "anatomic theatre" where the degrees are disected wich where written by brothers who has a strong passion for freemasonry and then approved by the GL.

    Other then that we have a few local reserch groups.
    My own provincial GL has a few brothers that can come to your lodge and give an instruction etc. We have fraternal clubs wich mixes ritual with education.
    All lodges have officers that focuses on instruction and most hold atleast one lodge of instruction (wich here is basicly a brother disscusing a certain degree related topic)
    On top of this lodges are free to do even more...
     
  3. Schuetz

    Schuetz Registered User

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    I am the education officer for two different lodges. Although I've only been a Mason for two years, my background in writing and history, combined with my career as a graphic designer (also a nice, new projector) allows me to make creative and interesting (if not esoteric) presentations.

    Q. E. L. Schuetz, M.M.
    Shekinah Lodge No. 241 • IL
    Murphysboro Lodge No. 498 • IL
     
  4. David612

    David612 Registered User

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    Personally I’m focusing on learning the work and that’s my jumping off point into a given subject.
     
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  5. BroBook

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    We (MWUGL of Fl. PHA) recently started a
    " University" for our members , with the idea of focusing on " The why we do instead of the what " ( W.M. Marion Honeywell )

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  6. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    I really enjoyed putting together a presentation (Powerpoint; yeah I know) for my lodge. It is not an esoteric lodge or atypical in any way so most of the guys were really interested in what I presented. This also gets me in the books educating myself as well.
     
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  7. Winter

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    PowerPoint doesnt have to be an ugly word for educating members. The problem is, everyone uses it wrong! Using a program like PowerPoint to project slide after slide of blocks of text is like using the space shuttle to run to the corner store for snacks. It is no wonder everyone dreads seeing the lecturer plugging his laptop into a projector. Look up an article titled, "PowerPoint doesnt suck. You do!" I'm sure it's still floating around. PP is an amazing tool to enrich the learning experience when used correctly.

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  8. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    I like to think mine was on the good side haha. Everyone seemed interested and asked questions afterwards etc. It was fun. I am trying to throw another together. I had several visuals and minimal text to highlight what I would then further explain. I do know what you mean, some PP presentations can be painful. I think keeping it on the shorter end and then talking on the slides is very good.
     
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  9. Winter

    Winter Premium Member

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    I try to shoot for zero words. The slide should have graphics to help illustrate the point. But all the words should be mine, delivered as a memorized presentation. I always get a kick out of people that hand out printed copies of their presentations afterword. 1. If you printed it all out to give me, why did I need you? 2. Word. That's what you wanted. Microsoft Word.

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  10. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

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    Now that's preparation! As for print out, total waste of paper and ink lol.
     
  11. Winter

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    It is. And in a perfect world, all presenters would the SME they should be on the topic they are presenting. But too often the presenters are themselves still learning the material and reading the blocks of text becomes a crutch. With the end result being a lackluster educational experience. This is not a knock on the Brothers giving their time to help others learn. They are doing it the way they were taught and see others teach.

    One of the best things a GL can invest in and develop is a TTT (Train The Trainer) program. Set specific requirements that must be attained before a member is allowed to teach others. I've seen a few jurisdictions that have such standards and it makes a difference.

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