Rethinking How We Teach


collaborate and listen, originally uploaded by detritus.

The days of one-way teaching where a teacher stands at the front of a classroom or on a stage and the children quietly take in information are gone! We need to become more interactive, hands-on and collaborative with our teaching methods. Don Tapscott blogged about this from his book, “Grown Up Digital.” Now, I haven’t read the book yet, but I’ve heard a few interviews of him about this book and have a friend who’s read it. It is definitely on my “next-to-read” list.

How do you think this paradigm shift affects what we do in large group settings and/or Sunday school settings? Are you already trying to address this?

We’ve already tried to make some changes by being more intentional about including children in what happens on stage like coming up with actions for our main points and asking for input from children during large group times. I also let our small group leaders know that they need to be more relational with their kids as well as making sure there is a lot of participation happening. For the times that we need kids to sit and watch, we use video… but even then we make sure that some interaction with the video is built in.

What are your thoughts?


2 thoughts on “Rethinking How We Teach

  1. kathy schreiber says:

    Maybe it was here or on another blog, but I recently read and discussed with family and friends the difference between being a consumer and a collaborator. In generations past, media was consumed. Today's generation participates, collaborates, invents. (YouTube for example). This produced lots of good discussion in our ministry team. How do we move from the consumer mentality to the participant mentality as leaders of large/small group? Our kids are already there waiting for us. We're still in the thinking, experimenting stage.

  2. henryjz says:

    I think there are a lot of people all over the place thinking through all of this. Some are doing stuff and others are still figuring it out. I think that the better teachers have been doing this for years… at least the teachers who are always reevaluating their teaching methods in regards to how much lives are changed.I also think that our evaluations need to change. We need to look more at life transformation rather than information accumulation.

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