May 2007

Teaching Tip for May

Individual Research

Teaching young people to use a concordance to research a topic, word, or theme is an example of higher-order thinking. A concordance is an index of every word used in Scripture and where it is found. 

For example, if your young people want to continue this week’s (May 19) study further, they can look up in a concordance the word “throne,” and they will find that “throne” is used at least 150 times in the Bible and where they can find each reference. Some passages might be irrelevant, but others might be illuminating. It is very exciting to see them make discoveries and search on their own initiative. When we empower them with the tools of study they can be “thinkers and not mere reflectors.”