Teaching is the transferring of knowledge, information, and material. Teaching does not indicate that learning is taking place. Learning is the acquisition and application of wisdom and information, which brings about transformation and maturity. Notice that teaching does not in any fashion suggest the transferring of wisdom. Wisdom cannot be transferred or taught. Wisdom comes only after the acceptance and application of information to prior learning.
Learning occurs when we attach prior knowledge, wisdom, and experience to the information, knowledge, and material being presented at this current time. The process of connecting the two — prior experience and current information — brings about behavioral life-change. The behavioral or lifestyle change is the evidence of learning. A teacher is a guide. As Christian educators we are leading and guiding our listeners in the learning process.
The dump truck load of information, facts, figures and material does not create life-changing learning. Wisdom, action, and application create life-change. Our calling is to teach for life-change. Jesus invested three years in the lives of His learners. Not only were their lives dramatically changed; empowered by the Holy Spirit they made a major impact on the world, that still exists today. Teach for life-change!
George Yates, Teaching That Bears Fruit