Making Lessons Meaningful
The "M" in our acronym "CHROME" means that we must link the learning to something that is meaningful, or relevant, for the learner.

If you help the students understand why the course content is useful to know, they will more likely pay attention. When learners pay attention, they are able to transfer information from short-term to long-term memory. This is the basic building block of learning.

Dr. Rhoda Wolle is the Dean of Student Success and an Associate Professor of Education at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. She teaches Educational Psychology in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She received her BS in Secondary Education from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN. She was awarded an MA in Education, with special emphasis on students at risk, from Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI. She earned her PhD in Educational Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Wolle has spoken internationally to thousands of educators, parents, and teens on the topic of education. She is a member of St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, music, reading, sports, golf, sailing, and walking her dog, Kipper. 
They never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.  Acts 5:42
Adult Education: Additum
Immediately Applicable Knowledge

In the lead article, Prof. Wolle explains that if people understand why the lesson content is meaningful for their lives, they are more likely to attend to the subject and more likely to remember what is taught. Though we won’t agree with everything in the following article, the Christian Bible studies blog from Christianity Today, makes a similar point.

Teaching Toolbox
Ask Meaningful Questions

This issue of Teach the Word focuses on the fact that adult learners will learn more and remember more from classes in which they grasp the meaning of what they are learning for their everyday lives. There are several strategies you can use to help your potential students understand why it will be worth their time to come to the class.

Curriculum Connection
Lyrics of Love

The Lyrics of Love is a creative Bible study on the Song of Solomon by Seminary Professor John Schuetze. It will serve well as an option for a regular Bible study course or as a special study for a class focused on marriage. Following the song theme, the study is divided into stanzas, measures, and notes.

Sample the introductory notes and first lesson below.

Sample Leader's Guide: PDF
Sample Student Lesson: PDF | RTF

Teaching Tip

Most adults have job and family responsibilities that keep their schedules full. Though you want the class to be comfortable and conversational, don’t waste a lot of time on small talk. Be prepared to move the class along so students won’t feel that you are wasting their time.  
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