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Teaching With Style, Part 1: The Target

This post and the next two are written by Chris Davis, as part of the YC which we hope will be of use in your ministry to the youth.

styleYouth are always into style. They want to be “in-style”, meaning they want to be whatever they think is current so they can connect to others they may look up to. As teachers we need to be concerned about style as well. I am not talking about how we dress, but how we teach. When I say how we teach, I am not talking about putting on a show, or trying to be cool or stylish in our teaching. It is good to be funny and to be relevant but it is always important that the youth walk away impressed with God, not impressed with you the teacher/preacher.

When I mention style, I am referring to the art and science of understanding that there are different learning styles that people have. The youth you teach learn in different ways, these different ways of learning are called learning styles. Allow me to do some review from the trainings you may have received from GYMN on Teaching Methods, then we will connect that to the learning styles as well. You may recall that as teachers it is key to remember that true teaching is student focused, not teacher focused. It is not about me as a teacher, how well I did but the true measurement of teaching is what life-change occurred in the students. Therefore, true teaching is student based, not teacher based.

With that in mind, as you begin to teach or preach at any level, you need to begin with asking, “What is my target, aim or objective?” Or stated this way:

“The student will __________ ” (you fill in the end of the sentence).

They will know what? Do what? etc… note that you should list what they will know AND do (as discipleship = knowledge + experience). This statement becomes your lesson aim or its targeted outcome.

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