Every parent has experienced trying to teach their child to do something, but the child does it wrong or misunderstands. When something is said or shown, it may still not be understood or learned. To avoid misunderstanding, the teacher to learn to present ideas the way the students can learn.
Thinking about others is strongly encouraged in the Bible. “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others” (Philippians 2:4). One lesson from this verse is to consider how students will understand what you, as a teacher, say. They may not be thinking the way you are thinking.
Questions to Teachers to Consider:
- What is important in the student’s life at this time? (Body changes, health, friends)
- What are the needs of the student right now? (Food, attention, love, activity)
- What can distract the student? (Windows, sounds, other people, lights)
- What is happening at the student’s home that can affect their learning? (Family, housing, sickness)
- Does the student want to learn? Why or why not?
- How does the teacher’s lesson apply to the student?
- Why should the student want to learn this lesson?
- What things in the room can help the teacher communicate the message? (Object lessons with pictures or things, use distractions as a learning tool)
- Can the students become actors in a drama? (No practice needed)
God applied this principle. Jesus, God’s Son, God in the flesh, experienced life as a person. God did not need to learn what a man feels, but people needed to see God in a body. God came to man, lived as a man, and showed man how to live. God lived as the student, so the student could learn. This is only a small part of Jesus ministry while on earth, but it helped us understand. Teachers should learn this important lesson.