October 2008

Tips for Top-notch Teaching

Great Expectations

All learners come to a learning environment with certain expectations. During some downtime, consider asking your students what they expect when they come to Sabbath School. Ask them what they’d like to see happen. Would they like to help with a portion of the lesson, for instance? Often teens will connect more with other teens than they would with their teacher.

Once you know what your teens are expecting, you can then tailor the class to expand the range of experiences that they get. Today’s media-saturated, technology-savvy teens can overwhelm a teacher with their desire for an entertainment-driven Sabbath School. Resist the urge to be entertainment-driven. Make the learning interesting through the use of media, for instance, but try to not to overdo this.