TEACHING TIPS INTRODUCTION
So, the Lord wants you to start teaching Sunday school next week. Praise the Lord for that, but here’s a warning: many countless Christians think that teaching only involves the repetition of material in front of an assembly of children, youth or adults.
They feel it’s their job or responsibility to dump off the whole load at once. Let there be no doubt, by the time class is over each student will know all there is to know about today’s material, even if he chokes on it. Any room for opposing thought is locked out of the room, left out in the hallway, or silenced by a refusal to answer or ask any questions about today’s lesson.
Some teachers carry on by asking one question after another, a question that no one answers because of the question itself. If students already had all of the answers, why would they go to class in the first place?
“Why,” asked one class visitor, “doesn’t the teacher just give me the book and let me read it for myself?”
How many Sunday school teachers simply stand in front of class, read their lessons, and pretend to teach? And how many stuoudents get tired of hearing what writers and commentators say about certain portions of the Bible? No doubt the opinions of C.H. Spurgeon, Matthew Henry, Jack Hyles, John Rice, Oliver Greene, J. Vernon McGee, Edersheim, Scofield, and countless others was once important but these blessed saints are home with the Lord now. Not many students attend Sunday school to hear what other people thought or immerse themselves in the teacher’s opinion but they are interested in what the Bible says.
There is good teaching, great teaching, average teaching, bad teaching and no teaching. The editor has taught in each of these categories at one time or another. Nearly 50 years of teaching experience has shown him that there’s always room for improvement. Experience is a good teacher and now the writer wants to share some if with you to help you be a better teacher than you already are. You can do better than that! Any good teacher strives to become a better teacher!
Problems develop when teaching ruts direct men and women to limit themselves and how they share God’s Word. Those that think themselves too old to teach any more often need to take a new look at things.
Thus the need is finally here to share a few tips about teaching in a way that men and women reach beyond the four classroom walls.
Maybe it’s time to leave the notes at home, just take God at His Word, discuss it and answer a few hard questions. Can you take some tips and try them out before it’s too late?