“The thing I like most about our Sunday School class is that we get to ask questions,” Ray said after class. “It’s one thing to listen to a teacher explain the lesson, but I understand things best when everyone gets into the discussion.”
A discussion can take on a life of its own and transform your teaching. As various class members share ideas, others feel more comfortable offering their own contributions. With discussion, each contributor shares from his or her perspective and background. As a result, each is sharing new information, interpreting the Scriptures or applying the lesson.
YOUR STUDENTS HAVE NOT LEARNED THE LESSONS YOU PRESENT UNTIL THEY HEAR, UNDERSTAND AND EXPRESS THEM IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE.
The discussion method is learner centered. Your students have not learned the lessons you present until they hear, understand and express them in their own language. Typically, the teacher is the facilitator, and his or her ability to facilitate will determine the effectiveness of a discussion. So it’s important to ask good questions.
–Elmer L. Towns. What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know (pp. 77-78). Kindle Edition.