Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach

The Good Teacher
May 11, 2010, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Discipleship, Lessons Learned from Reading, Teaching

Jay Adams in Insight and Creativity in Christian Counseling shows how Jesus didn’t just teach theory but he taught “how to.” I appreciated thinking about how the perfect teacher used illustrations and taught hard things to his pupils.

He writes on page 109:

1. Jesus gave specific instances of what he taught; he used case studies. He didn’t merely state principles, abstractly as so many do today. You can actually picture (in your mind’s eye) the man laying down his gift on the altar, getting up, leaving, looking for his brother, etc.

2. Jesus illustrated principles so that they would be clear and memorable. Once having heard it, who could ever forget the splinter and the board of Matthew 7, or the principles it illustrates?

3. When giving a specific case (plucking out the eye that adulterously looks on a woman in lust), Jesus generalized, (to the hand and elsewhere to the foot) as well.

4. Jesus even gave actual models to follow.


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