September 2008

Tips for Top-notch Teaching

Think-time

Good things come to those who wait. This is true in life and in the classroom. Studies show that when teachers give at least three seconds of wait-time after a question is asked and after a student answers, great things happen. There are less “I don’t know” answers or no answers at all.1

Ask students, “As a result of this lesson, what changes will you make this week?” And then wait at least three seconds in silence giving someone an opportunity to speak. After a student speaks, continue to wait at least three seconds before responding. Students will feel more comfortable and will contribute more in class.

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1 Stahl, Robert J. “Using ‘Think-Time’ and ‘Wait-Time’ Skillfully in the Classroom,” , accessed August 11, 2007.

Creatively Creative

In any learning environment, whether it be kindergarten or adult, there will be a wide variety of learning styles represented. This is also true of your Sabbath School class. In this lesson Isaiah paints a word picture of Jesus (Isaiah 11). He does so again in Isaiah 53 and in other places.

How Isaiah views Jesus is certainly not how your students might picture Him. Ask the students to create their own picture of Jesus. They may do so by selecting a characteristic of Jesus that they admire, or doing something on His entire life. They may create their picture by drawing, writing, role-playing, singing—whatever best expresses how they think of Jesus. Provide paper, pens, markers, and other items they might need. Ask a few volunteers to share their creativity with the class.