How to Teach All Four Learning Styles Simultaneously
Jason Teteak concludes his series on the four learning styles. This month he discusses a teaching technique that will appeal to all learning styles. 

As a bonus, Jason has included a link to a special two-hour course that will introduce more tools and techniques for teaching to all four learning styles.

Jason Teteak is an international public speaking coach and author. As the founder of Rule The Room, a company that specializes in training public speakers, he has trained more than one million people in how to command attention and connect with audiences. He believes that in order to connect with learners, it is important that we understand the four basic learning styles and that we learn to teach in a way that addresses all of those learning styles.

This fall Jason enrolled as a student at Martin Luther College in order to pursue his goal of training for the pastoral ministry. Our prayers go with Jason as he begins this exciting journey.
They never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. -Acts 5:42
Adult Education: Additum

“Flipped classroom” is a phrase heard more and more in educational circles. It involves having the students do pre-class work. (See this month’s Teaching Toolbox for more details.)

Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work was written for college educators, but some of the suggestions will apply to Bible class leaders who want class participants to do some pre-class preparation. The section Make your expectations clear offers a number of suggestions that could help increase the level of interest and encourage more students to do the pre-class work.

Teaching Toolbox
The Flipped Classroom

No, it has nothing to do with moving the classroom furniture. It has everything to do with changing the classroom procedure. In the flipped classroom, instead of spending class time lecturing in order to teach heavy-duty content, participants study the material on their own before class. Class time is spent discussing, digging deeper, applying, and/or doing activities based on what was learned. This approach could be especially useful for a Bible class if the course involves an overview of books of the Bible, is a historical study (e.g., the life of Luther), or is based on a book that you want the participants to read.  

Curriculum Connection
19-Minutes With Luther

As we zero in on the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we have the opportunity to talk about the many blessings that have come to us through the pen of Martin Luther. The best known of his writings is the Small Catechism. A 52-lesson Bible study based on the Small Catechism by Pastor Tim Gumm is available from NPH. Written in a simplified 19-Minute Bible study format, this study is ideal for use as a short Bible study during the summer months or any time of the year. It's also useful for opening a variety of congregational meetings or for at-home family studies. (Each of the 52 double-sided copy masters contains discussion questions and answer notes.)
With just a few additions, it could easily be used for a regular Sunday morning Bible study.

Click the links below to access a sample lesson that begins a study of Baptism.

19-Minutes With Luther: Baptism: PDF
19-Minutes With Luther: Baptism: RTF 
Teaching Tip
Appealing to the Senses

About 75% of what we learn comes through the sense of sight. About 13% comes through the sense of hearing.

When an instructor uses words alone, students will remember some facts. When the instructor uses pictures alone, students remember more than three times as much information. But if the instructor uses both words and pictures, students will retain more than six times as much information.
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