How to Teach Create Learners
April 2017, Volume 3.1
 
Jason Teteak continues his series on the four learning styles. Last month, he discussed the Step learners and the kinds of learning tasks that are most effective when teaching people who favor that learning style. This month, he directs our attention to the Create learners. In many ways, they are exact opposites of Step learners. Read about the best ways to reach those whose predominate learning style puts them in the category of Create learners. 
 
Read the Article

Jason Teteak--a WELS member from the Madison, WI, area--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 a 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. In his six-part series for Teach the Word, he will help us understand the four learning styles and help us see how we can apply this understanding as we develop lessons and teach God's Word. Jason is accustomed to writing for the business world; we think you will like his vibrant style!
 
They never stopped  teaching and proclaiming  the good news 
that Jesus is the Christ.  Acts 5:42

Adult Education: Additum
In the lead article, Jason Teteak says that stories enhance learning for those who are Create learners. In the following article from InformED, Saga Briggs points to the power of storytelling in helping students remember what they are studying. Although you won't agree with every one of Briggs' assumptions, she makes a strong case, backed by studies, for considering the use of stories to help students learn and remember.
 


Teaching Toolbox
Questions that Elevate the Discussion
Creating higher level questions takes time and can be hard work. The more we practice, however, the easier and more natural it becomes. Let's look at some examples of the various question levels using the Bible as our context.


Curriculum
Connection
The year of celebration for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has begun. The celebration provides the ideal impetus for a Bible study such as The Word Endures: Lessons From Luther Yesterday and Today. This study by Paul Koelpin helps God's people interact with some of the great messages that flowed from the pen of Martin Luther. Use the link below to check out the course outline (pages 4 and 5) and a sample lesson, "Good Works."

You can also listen to the author interview to learn how Professor Koelpin chose the messages for this course, which highlight how Luther and his time is relevant for us to study 500 years later.
 
Leader's Guide: PDF
Student Lesson: PDF | .doc

Order the full study: CD | Download

Watch the Author Interview 


Teaching Tip
Chunking
If the class material is weighty and detailed, adults will benefit if you "chunk" the information. Chunking refers to the approach of breaking long strings of information into chunks or smaller units so that the short-term memory is better able to assimilate the information.




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