The Journal of Adventist Education, December 2010/January 2011
In his article, author John Wesley Taylor V challenges us as Christian teachers to consider the teaching strategies Christ used when interacting with his disciples, and with small groups and large crowds. As we consider John’s point of view, what might be the implications for us as Christian teachers in our Christian schools as we interact day by day with our students and our colleagues?
‘While Jesus was clearly an effective preacher and sought-after healer, He was also a master teacher. Throughout the Gospels readers encounter a variety of teaching episodes—learning experiences created specifically for His 12 disciples, as well as for groups of thousands or a single individual.2 His Sermon on the Mount, for example, was actually an outdoor teaching session in which both the disciples and a large group participated.
Jesus oriented His teaching to actively engage His students in the learning experience. To do this, He focused on thinking, knowing, understanding, being, and doing
Thinking.When teaching, Jesus would often ask His students, “What do you think?” In introducing the story of the good shepherd, for example, He extended an invitation to consider carefully the meaning of the story…’ Read more
Leaders, you might want to use this article and a thinking routine such as ‘Think Puzzle Explore’ (outlined below) to engage your staff in exploring the themes and ideas that this article raises.
This thinking routine is one that sets the stage for deeper inquiry into a topic by connecting the reader ‘to prior knowledge, stimulating curiosity and laying the groundwork for independent inquiry’. Visible Thinking Routines
Think Puzzle Explore
- What do you think you know about this topic?
- What questions or puzzles do you have?
- How can you explore this topic?