Lifeway has a new curriculum piece, and you are going to love it. It is called Quicksource. It makes preparation easy for you and makes the lessons interesting to the students. It nearly guarantees half-way decent teaching.
Wise teachers know that students learn in different ways. Some are more verbal, some more visual. Some people can learn by hearing. Others need to touch and feel or discuss and do. Some need to see. This piece provides opportunities for all kinds of learners. Specifically, it provides the following:
Let's talk about each of these and why each is important to learning.
Something to talk about
I have long held that the best way to teach adults is through what is classically called the Socratic method (named after Socrates)--question and answer. There is nothing more interesting or life-changing than a good conversation.
I have been writing questions of my own for years that I post on this web site. The exact address is www.joshhunt.com/sunday-school.htm
Here are some of the kinds of questions I use when I prepare my lessons. (These are discussed in more detail in the video series Disciplemaking Teachers.)
The Life Exposure Question.
What does the text say?
What does the text mean?
How did they feel?
What are the benefits?
What will it cost you if you don't?
Another is on the new www.mybiblestudy.com . Another is by using Quicksource.
Something to touch and feel
Jesus often talked using stuff that you can touch and feel. Learning increases exponentially as multiple senses are involved.
I was teaching once on the story of the woman caught in adultery. At one point I said, "Imagine you are in the crowd that day. People start wandering through the crowd handing out stones." At the point, I had cued a number of the youth to do just that--hand out rocks. I had gotten some rocks from a landscaping company and had everyone hold a rock as we talked through the rest of the story. It was a memorable experience.
We know that kids like stuff that you can touch and feel. They are nearly always used in children's sermons. A boat, a stuffed animal, or something as simple as a piece of paper is an object lesson used to teach most children's messages.
Newsflash: adults respond to stuff that you can touch and feel as well.
I listen to audio sermons from many of the nation's fast growing churches. I find they often bring something on the stage that you can touch and feel and see.
Where do you get ideas for this kind of thing? You say you are not creative enough to come up with stuff? Quicksource can help you.
Something to do
Something to write, sing, or say. A form to fill out. Write an email to God. Imagine you got an email from God. Write down what you think he might say to you. Fill out this form. Take these digital cameras. Go out in groups and take a picture of something you could praise God for. When you come back, we will view the pictures on a projector and talk how each object can help us to worship God.
Jesus didn't just talk to his disciples. He sent them out. He knew they learned by doing.
Quicksource can help you with this. Every week there are several ideas on how you can involve the class in doing.
We can take America for God by giving the ministry to laymen who are using their gifts to grow their groups to double their classes every two years or less. We can do it, but we have to have at least half-way decent teaching each and every week, nothing less will do. by using these three approaches, you can teach more than a half-way decent lesson: