Lay Teacher’s Workshop

Developed by Glen Dawursk, Jr. – www.yuthguy.com

 

Workshop Schedule

 
 


   10:30-11:00              Prayer & Community Builder

   11:00-12:00              Part One: True Colors

   12:00-12:30              Lunch

   12:30-1:30                Part Two: Brains of the Bunch

   1:30-2:00                  Part Three: Sunday School Scenarios

   2:00 PM                     Prayer & Evaluation

 

Community Builder: “True Blue You”

 
 


·      Write three facts that are “True Blue” about you.

·      Write also one thing that is NOT true about you.

·      You will then read the facts out loud and we will
try to guess which one is not “True Blue You.”

 

Fact #1: _____________________________________________________

 

Fact #2: _____________________________________________________

 

Fact #3: _____________________________________________________

 

Fact #4: _____________________________________________________

 

 

Workshop - Part One: What are your “True Colors?”

 

In My Eyes:

 

Read through the sheets labeled “Orange, Gold, Blue and Green.”  Read them.  Then, put them in order according to most like you to least like you.  Write your color perception order below:

 
 


1) Most like me:

Gold

Blue

Orange

Green

2) Next Closest:

Gold

Blue

Orange

Green

3) Next:

Gold

Blue

Orange

Green

4) Least like me:

Gold

Blue

Orange

Green

 

 

In Their Eyes:

 

Now, complete the simple word inventory below.  Evaluate the list of words in each row, and then put them in the order of Most like me to Least.  Number them 4 for most, 3 for next closest, 2 for next and 1 for the list least like you.  Continue through each row numbering them accordingly.  When you have finished all the rows, add the columns at the bottom.


 

 

ACTIVE

VARIETY

SPORTS

 

ORGANIZED

PLAN

NEAT

 

NICE

HELPFUL

FRIENDS

 

LEARNING

SCIENCE

PRIVACY

 

FUN

ACTION

CONTESTS

 

CLEAN

ON-TIME

HONEST

 

CARING

PEOPLE

FEELINGS

 

CURIOUS

IDEAS

QUESTIONS

 

PLAYFUL

QUICK

ADVENTUROUS

 

HELPFUL

TRUSTWORTHY

DEPENDABLE

 

KIND

UNDERSTANDING

GIVING

 

INDEPENDENT

EXPLORING

DOING WELL

 

BUSY

FREE

WINNING

 

FOLLOW RULES

USEFUL

MONEY

 

SHARING

GETTING ALONG

ANIMALS

 

THINKING

SOLVING PROBLEMS

CHALLENGE

 

EXCITING

LIVELY

HANDS ON

 

PRIDE

TRADITION

DO THINGS RIGHT

 

NATURE

EASY GOING

HAPPY ENDINGS

 

BOOKS

MATH

MAKING SENSE

Total

Total

Total

Total

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

1) Primary:

Gold

Blue

Orange

Green

2) Secondary:

Gold

Blue

Orange

Green

3) Next:

Gold

Blue

Orange

Green

4) Least:

Gold

Blue

Orange

Green

 

 

 

 

In God’s Eyes (Bible Verses)

 

1 Corinthians 12:4-27

 

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

 

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.  If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.  And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

 

But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!"

On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

 
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

 

 

 

 

As Sunday school teachers and Bible study leaders,
what can we learn from the True Colors testing
and small group activity?

____________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

 

 

 

Workshop - Part Two: “The Brains of the Bunch: Concepts in Learning”  

 
 

 


The First Step:  “Types of Learning”

 

There are three types of learning behaviors:  Kinesthetic, Auditory,
Visual or a combination often called multi-sensory.

 

 

·        Kinesthetic:  learns better by physically _______________ it (hands-on)

·        Auditory:  learns better by ____________ or reading it (hearing in his head)

·        Visual:  learns better by ____________ it or by viewing displays and presentations.

·        Multi-sensory: learns most effectively by use of a ______________ of kinesthetic, auditory and visual.

 

 

How do you learn best?

 

How would you normally teach a Sunday school lesson or Youth Bible class? For example, the lesson is on forgiveness and the Bible story is about the Prodigal son.  Give an example of what you could do for each learning method.

 

Kinesthetic: ______________________________________

 

Auditory: ________________________________________

 

Visual: __________________________________________

 

Multi-sensory: _____________________________________

 

 

 

 

 
The Second Step: “Problems with Learning”

 

30% of all children have some sort of learning disability.  
One of the most frequently diagnosed is ADD.

 

Core symptoms for most LD situations is:

·        Distractibility

·        Restlessness

·        Impulsive


 

 

 

 

Suggested learning devices for LD children:

 

___________________

·       – Don’t be totally structured -
“They may not go over the hill,                              they might go around it!”

 

___________________

·       – Keep all the distractions and tangents leading toward the same goal or topic; Use distractions to your benefit.

 

___________________

·       – Provide more opportunities to ask or answer questions.

 

 

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·       – Let them choose what they want.

 

 

 

ALSO:

·        Physical exercise causes the brains glucose to flow faster,
which seems to help the thought process.

·        Encourage verbal processing by pairing youth.

 

 

 

The Third Step: “Understanding Learning”  

 

Everyone has TWO brains (not two sides of one).

 

Left-Brain:
Sees the pieces

Right-Brain:
Sees the whole
(not good at details)

ž  Analysis

ž  Creativity

ž  Logic

ž  Imagination

ž  Numbers

ž  Dimension

ž  Math

ž  Images/Forms

ž  Language

ž  Music

ž  Linearity

ž  Rhythm/Rhyme

ž  Sequence

ž  Color

 

 

Text Box:

By the time you were three years old; did your parents pass out vocabulary lists, rules of syntax and grammar?   Yet by five years old, you knew almost the entire language.  Why?

 

______________________________________________________

 


 

Effects of Learning

Child

Student

Environment

Unstructured

Structured

Knowledge Base

Low

High

Effort Expended

Low

High/Work

Retention Rate

Lifetime

A few Years

Fluency

High

Low to None

Learning Style

Global

Sequential

 

 

Combining music with learning seems to improve learning
because it uses both the left and the right-brains.

 

 

With Music

Without Music

Method Used

Assimilation

Rote Memorization

Effort

Low

High

Repetitions

Few

Many

Difficulty

Low

High/Work

Retention

Long Term

Short Term


 

Does the Left-Brain really slow us down?     YES     NO
(Check out Glen’s Screen Activities.)

 

 

G______________   Learning is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together without looking at the box.

It is the incremental accumulation of steps that become more difficult.

 

S______________   Learning exposes the whole product as one and the student assimilates as much as possible and fills in the rest later.

 

 

 
Russia’s “French Language” Experiment

·        Showed no fatigue

·        Had better sentence usage, flow, and syntax

·        More confident

 

Learner Paralysis is caused by:

1.      The ________________ classroom environment

2.      Viewing learning as a _____________ (carry over from
regular school and typical educational system)

3.      Believing some concepts are more ______________ than others 

 


Offsets:

1.      Create a ______________, fun environment

2.      Keep structure ________________ (informal sessions, modified classroom setup)

3.      Watch your ________________ 
(Avoid: “difficult,” “advanced,” “review” and don’t imply “steps” or difficulty problems)

 

How to Stimulate the Right Brain

·       View everything at once

·       Use color freely

·       Use scent

·       Play class related games or use toys

·       Play and/or sing music

·       Use rhythm, rhyme or mnemonics

·       Relax your students

·       Provide a quick run through (demonstrate everything you will cover that day)

·       Possibly use music behind a lesson (see next section)

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MUSIC Can Help!

 

** There are four types of brain waves:

ž  Beta – full consciousness, highly analytical

ž  Alpha – relaxed, alert, creative, fast facts

ž  Theta – deep meditation

ž  Delta – deep, dreamless sleep

 

 
Certain types of music cause Alpha waves to be more active. 

 

Baroque Music:       -Composed between 1700-1750

                                                -Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, etc.

                                                -Promotes alpha waves

                                                -Promotes both brain learning

                                                -Beats at the same rate as the human heart when at rest (50-70bpm)

 

The Fourth Step: “Applying Learning Concepts”

 

With an understanding on how people think, we can see that using the global method with it’s multi-sensory approach is more effective for the both LD and non-LD students.  This is the goal of any Sunday school teacher or Youth Bible study leader: to reach as many students as possible! 

 

Now… Can we think of activities or approaches that encourage global learning in our classroom?

 

1.      Write the memory verse on the board and like a game, erase words from the verse until it is totally memorized.

 

2.      ________________________________________________________________

3.      ________________________________________________________________

4.      ________________________________________________________________

5.      ________________________________________________________________

6.      ________________________________________________________________

7.      ________________________________________________________________

8.      ________________________________________________________________

9.      ________________________________________________________________

10. ________________________________________________________________

 

 

Workshop - Part Three: Small Group Activity

 

The Sunday School Scenarios

 

 

The following are scenarios for your small group discussion.  While the situations may not have happened to you, the potential for them or a similar situation is possible.  The purpose of this exercise is to find a solution, offer a direction, or to simply develop your problem solving skills.  Use the learning concepts we have studied whenever possible.  There may not be a perfect answer for the scenario and additional information may be required in a real-life situation.  Throughout your discussion, remember, a Christian is like a tea bag - it doesn't come to full strength until it is put into a little hot water.' Plus, God says He will never give you more than you can handle.  Trust Him, and all things are possible, even in a Sunday school classroom or Bible study class.  PTL!

 

 

ž                    For the past six months, Julie has been a quiet girl who listened to directions and participated when asked to in class.  However, for the past two weeks, Julie has been disruptive, obnoxious and at times disrespectful.  It has become difficult to teach the Sunday school class.  What would you do first?  If the problem persists, then what?  Why?

 

 

 

 

 

ž                    You want to teach memory work, but the youth don't want it and the parents don't seem to encourage their children to learn it?  What would you do?  Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

ž                    Johnny always comes to Sunday school class 25 minutes late.  He misses the Bible story time and always seem a little confused the rest of the class.  However, he attends faithfully every week.  What would you do?  Why?

 

 

 

 

 

ž                    There is an argument between two children in the hallway outside your room.  There is pushing and shoving, and the potential for someone to get hurt is high.  You are the only one in your classroom at the time.  What would you do?  Why?

 

 

 

 

 

ž                    One of your students decides to question you in front of the rest of class about baptism.  He says that his Mom doesn't believe that baptism is important and that he and his 2-month-old sister don’t have to be baptized until they are older.  What would you do?  What would you say?  Why?  What about Lutheran doctrine?

 

 

 

 

 

 

ž                    You have had a really bad morning and frankly, you don't feel like teaching this morning.  You didn't get much sleep last night, your clock wasn't set, so you got up 15 minutes late, your children have been disrespectful, your spouse hasn't been very supportive, the car hasn’t been cooperative, and when you walk into class, you realize you prepared the wrong material.  What do you do?  Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ž                    You are a new teacher and are preparing your first lesson ... well, you are trying to, but you are not sure where to start.  You've opened the book a few times, read the Bible story part of the way in your KJV Bible; BUT you aren't sure you understand either.  What should you do?  How should a teacher prepare?  How could the teacher better understand the story or lesson?  What should a teacher include in the teaching of the lesson so that the children will understand it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ž                    The class seems bored.  They seldom say anything, they just listen and leave.  I follow the lesson plan exactly and even sing the song they suggest (usually by myself).  I'm not even sure if they really are listening or simply sleeping with their eyes open.  How could I find out if they are really listening?  How could I get them to participate?  What can I do to "liven-up" the class?

 

 


Last Thoughts

 

It is never easy, but effective teaching is doing

E_____________   P_______________ to get your students to
L_____________ and A ____________
the Gospel to their lives.

 

·     Sometimes you will think you have failed, but remember God’s word never goes unblessed.  After all, it is always His work.

 

·     Continue to seek out new ways to help your class learn and pray that God will present new opportunities and methods to teach them everyday.

 

 

Prayer Requests: