W. Austin Gardner
Characteristics and behaviors of Great Teachers
They come prepared to teach!
Take the class seriously enough to have studied
Pray for your class and think of them
Remember to Learn the truth
Then learn the student
They get from one side of the great gulf to the other
The best teachers are approachable.
They are warm and friendly
They are vulnerable and transparent
They are passionate.
They really believe what they teach and it is obvious
They are enthusiastic
They communicate the truth clearly
Great teachers do not teach more.
They tend to teach less but with more focus
They teach one big idea
They are focused
Great teachers stimulate interest
Make eye contact
Change your voice and tone
Great teachers involve the students
Get them talking
Get them participating in the class
Help them learn to study
Help them teach the same truth
Great teachers value and respect their students
Teach them to cause them to learn and want to continue learning
I am going to learn you a thing or two
Show them how
Build on what they have already learned
Make sure the lesson is applicable to them now
Remember the following with teaching
They need to feel safe in your class.
No one will make fun of them or hurt them if they speak
They need to feel the lesson, take it to their heart
Don't make things easy or it seems unimportant
Show them something that they don't know.
Make it a learning time
Help them learn the Bible study methods and use them