This is the second in a series of posts to equip teachers and parents with tools for effective teaching.
Understanding how the lessons target the four learning styles
God has given Children Desiring God an amazing gift in both of our curriculum authors, Sally Michael and Jill Nelson. They are experienced Sunday school and homeschool teachers who have masterfully integrated various teaching elements throughout the lessons in order to address each learning style. As a result, the truth taught in each lesson is conveyed to the students through more than one “channel,” while still having the same goal: reaching their hearts.
Let’s look at how you would target your students’ various learning styles using a lesson from our newly-released revised curriculum, My Purpose Will Stand:
Whether you’re a new teacher who is just starting to know the children in your class, or whether you’ve already been able to identify some of the learning styles in your students, please remember this: targeting learning styles while teaching, although important, is not your ultimate goal.
Psalm 78 reminds us that as we tell the coming generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, our goal is that they “should set their hope in God” (v. 4-7). In His goodness, God has created us and our students with senses to understand truths about Him. Use your students’ learning styles as channels to convey the truth of God’s greatness and glory!
Remember that it is through His Spirit, not through our teaching endeavors alone, that He has promised to use the proclamation of His Word to bring about the fruit that He desires (Zechariah 4:6, Isaiah 55:10-11). Trust that and teach, “knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:58b)!
Read Part 1: Channels for Conveying Truth.