December 8, 2012

Active Participation and Reflection

There are two teaching techniques that are actually demonstrated in this week’s lesson. One tool is the active participation and celebration of new knowledge—affirmation. Whenever a student says something or does something in class that enriches the experience, affirmation is crucial. To acknowledge a skill learned or a concept understood deepens the students’ desire to try again. Simply watch how children respond to people who affirm them—they are drawn to them. The other tool is a reflective piece in this story. The Levites ask the people to “be still” because reflection is key to the learning process as well. Both are done in joy, but are two different activities that need to be fostered in classrooms and churches.