June 8, 2013


Whenever there is a large body of reading or a topic that would really provide a rich context for your study, you can use the jigsaw method. Simply divide the pieces that need to be read or examined between individuals or groups of two and invite them to be ready to report a digest version of the content. Whether it is a book or a series of stories or events in an individual’s life in Scripture, if each participant in the class takes one part to master and report on, you can usually gain great insights. Also, everyone contributes to learning, which positively changes the dynamics in the room as opposed to the teacher doing all the talking. And finally, to have everyone contribute elevates a young person’s sense of value because what they read and said is heard, conveying that their input matters.