Top 3: Tips to make you an even more effective master teacher.

1) Less is More 

  • Beware of information overload.
    • Try to not just communicate information to students, but rather unpack scripture and main ideas.
    • 15/15 rule. 15 minutes of teaching time should be balanced by 15 minutes of time for discussion and dialogue at tables.
      • AKA 1:1 (one minute of teaching to one minute of table time)
    • Refine your 15 minutes for the best information possible for YOUR audience.
  • Don’t over teach.
    • Don’t keep making the same point. Say what you want to say, and move on. Avoid the temptation to teach the same point(s) over and over.
    • A deepened understanding of the content and flow of the lesson will help you feel more confident in your content.
    • Knowing your transitions (or T/S) will help your lesson flow more naturally and will greatly help with your continuity.
      • I highly recommend you memorize your T/S statements. They help keep the ship moving in the right direction!
    • The key reason you don’t have to “over-teach” is because you are teaching alongside AWESOME co-leaders.
2 ) Set up your table leaders.
  • Keep your teammates well informed.
    •  Sometimes you are stirred in such a way that you want to do something that is not directly part of the lesson. Please be a good team player and tell your leaders beforehand (i.e. before Sunday morning).
  • As master teachers, we want to value dialogue (peer to peer learning).
    • We value dialogue because we believe it is the starting point for discipleship.
  • Set your teammates up to knock it out of the park with discipleship.
    • As a master teach one of your primary roles is to set your table group leaders up. We believe this is largely done by ‘kicking it’ to tables and creating oppurtunities for dialouge (which will lead to discipleship!)
 3) Think like a teenager. 
  • Know your audience.
    • Like it or not, we cannot avoid teenager culture. We are NOT suggesting you become like teenagers, but if we want to be successful master teachers, we abolsutely have to know and understand our audience. How do you get to know your audience?
  • Spend time with them.
    • You spend time with them!! The more time you spend with your people (students) the more they will  begin to write your talks and lessons.
  • Ask your students.
    • When reading through a passage/lesson text your students and ask them what they think about the particular scripture and topic(s).

Top 3: Tips to make you an even more effective table leader.

1) Embrace the awkward. 
  • Follow the 30-second rule.
    • Leave space for at least 30 seconds of silence if no one speaks up. We have to realize that often the silence is because students are processing.
  • If students don’t have much to say or contribute answer the question yourself.  Students will be encouraged to speak up if they hear you answering the questions in real and authentic ways.
    • It’s ok to call on specific students or hear from everyone- JUST KNOW YOUR STUDENTS. Don’t ask the petrified first-time guest what sin is dominating his/her life. Bad idea.
2) Facilitate conversation.
  • At times facilitating conversation will mean you need to further clarify and simplify the point being taught .  Ask the question- “what’s confusing?”
  • However (not to sound like a complete contradiction), trust your master teachers!!! Careful to not to reteach. Use wisdom and discernment here.
  • Ask  good follow up questions. Dialogue is different than simply asking and answering questions. We want dialogue! The way to move from the asking/answering questions into meaningful dialogue is asking good follow up questions.
  • Create safe places for dialogue. Treat students with respect. If a student has a wheels off answer (which they will) careful and gently lead them back on track.
  • Being a table group leader is not a bye or off week.
    • Obviously you don’t have to prepare like a master teacher, but read the lesson and scriptures (20 minutes tops)— build into a rhythm of your week
  • Prayerfully work through the scriptures. Read them during your quiet time or personal devotion.
  • Read adult leader email and reflectively answer the questions.
IF you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.