Bible Tips on How Teachers Can Improve Their Classroom Teaching
Can we truly find effective school teaching secrets in the bible? I believe this is a golden question no one has been able to answer. If you are involved in the teaching profession in any capacity and at any level, I believe this interesting educational article, Bible Tips
On How Teachers Can Improve Their Classroom Teaching Skills will be of great use to you.
I will be discussing an interesting biblical illustration of how you can begin to walk into the hearts of your students in order to ensure your success in the classroom. Please enjoy the article.
Walking into the hearts of your students simply involves devising means or strategies to make the students love your personality, ideas and the way you do things. This principle applies to class teachers, subject teachers and any other who is involved in one teaching duty or the other.
It is also useful whenever you want to introduce a new topic to your students in your subject. It is based on the common saying that, the first impression last longer. Create a good impression about yourself and your subject at your first and subsequent contacts with your students and enjoy a great success in your subject and other relationship with them. Please dont create a fake impression in the process of carrying out this task, you should be your original self.
You only need some form of creativity to register a good impression in their hearts about you or your subjects. I have used this strategy even in my seminars and talks and it has been very useful. I have always started with practical everyday scenes in the relationship between the students and the teachers in a school system. The purpose of this is to present familiar pictures or scenes that will capture the interest of the teachers listening to me. The audience would naturally want to hear more from me and probably stay till the end of the lecture after he or she has been exposed to the scenes he or she is familiar with at the beginning.
This interesting teaching strategy has support from some biblical stories. Let us look at some of them
Peter, The Fisher of Men
And Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men (Luke 5:10)
Jesus, the Master Teacher wanted to run Peter (or Simon) through the subject on how to become a fisher of men. Jesus did not start by bringing Peter into His classroom in Luke 5:4 to deliver His message on the subject directly to him. Instead, He asked him to, launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. We saw in verses 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 what transpires between both of them in this classroom before Jesus introduced His main subject of Peter becoming a fisher of men.
This approach by Jesus to walk into the heart of Peter before delivering His main message opened up Peters interest and understanding of the topic. I am not surprised that Luke 5:11 says, And when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all, and followed Him!
Nathaniel Caught The Message
Nathaniel answered and said to Him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel! (John 1:49)
In John 1:45, Philip had found Nathaniel and told him about Christ but he doubted Philips discovery. Jesus, the Master, later used the walk-into-the-heart strategy to teach Nathaniel the subject Philip struggled to teach him that Jesus, the Saviour is here.
Jesus gave a practical description of who Nathaniel was (John 1:47), Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit! This practical declaration of who Nathaniel was and the description of where Philip found him drew his interest attention. I am not surprised, he embraced His message and subject in John 1:49, Nathaniel answered and said unto Him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel.
Jesus And The Sermon On The mount
The book of Matthew 5,6,7 have the account of one of Jesus greatest sermon during His ministry. It is commonly called, the sermon on the mount. I caught a revelation from this great sermon on this teaching strategy. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus told His gathering that He has not come to destroy the law or the prophets but to fulfill it or to establish it.
In essence, Jesus was trying to make His listeners to understand that there is a new order that is about to come into place on how the laws of Moses are going to be used.
The old-order use of these laws have failed and will never benefit the people.
However, in order to pass this important message across to the people, Jesus began to use what I call the You-have-heard-that-it-was-said statements to walk into the heart of
His listeners before passing the real message across to them. Let us look at some of them:
You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not murder, and whoevermurder will be in danger of the judgement (Matthew 5:21)
They have heard that they must not kill (he started with what they were familiar with).
In verse 22, He started with, But I say to you. This is very useful. Students are more likely to listen to the message of your new topic or subject if only you can introduce it with something they are familiar with that has a relationship with the new topic or subject.
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