April 11, 2015

Don’t tell them; let them tell you!

In teaching, we often think that it is the wisdom that we have that needs to be transferred. We often give young people answers to questions that they are not asking. It is important for us to walk them through the thinking process in order for them to understand the themes we are trying to share with them. By asking a great deal of questions and by allowing them to process their responses, they may find their way to the themes and lessons without much prompting from us as teachers. Give them much credit. The young people you are working with are wonderfully bright individuals who just need guidance to get to some of the bigger questions. Never be afraid to be flexible and personable with the students if you feel the discussion is going in a different direction than you had planned. Perhaps it is God leading them somewhere!