Sharon Logo Advice for Teens and Leaders

Home Page  |  Back to Advice Index  |  Back to TeenTrail

Teaching Teens

You Wanna Teach Me?

Teens Must Grow:

Teens need to grow as Christians by being guided in good Christian principles and building their faith in what the Bible says and teaches, and in the love and power of God to change and mould their lives.

THEY WILL NOT BE TOLD:
  1.  Many know the Bible
  2.  You can't lecture them.
  3.  They need something for today.
THEY QUESTION EVERYTHING:
  1.  God's got the answers.
  2.  They must look for themselves.
  3.  They must be convinced.
  4.  They must apply it to their lives.
THEY NEED TO:
  1.  Experience things for themselves.
  2.  Research the Bible and do Projects.
  3.  Share their solutions and answers.
  4.  Teach each other (positive Peer Pressure).
Group Studies:
Teaching teens needs to be a voluntary learning experience where they learn because they choose to do so.  Teaching teens about the Bible and how to live as a Christian in today's world needs to bring about meaningful changes in each person's life.

Learning can be facilitated through small teams or groups, with individuals participating within each group in meaningful ways.  In the other hand, when a participant does not participate, learning will suffer.   The Word of God is powerful, and gives each believer everything they need to cope with life's challenges and in learning to know and experience the Lord in their own lives.

Success of Learning Groups:
Learning groups that embrace participation require planning, but the results are extremely worthwhile.  When you become skilled at leading such groups, you then function as guide, mentor, and resource person rather than being sole possessor of much knowledge and authority.

Small group learning leads to higher levels of personal interaction and retention of the study content and aim.  The teens form subgroups, often determined by the teens themselves.  The participants must work together to achieve activities, goals and results.  Each person shares their explanation, interpretation, concept or ideas with the other group members.  The group leader then presents the group's findings, conclusions and experiences to the other groups.

There is a difference between group assignments and cooperative learning.  The latter requires creative thought and freedom to explore solutions by which teens can cope with life experiences.  Group assignments can fall short as participants follow instructions that lead toward pre-determined results and conclusions.

Organising Learning Groups:
Firstly, form groups or teams small enough to allow everyone to participate.  Groups of three to five are ideal for this process.  Secondly, choose group leaders or let each group nominate a group leader.  Inform the leaders of what kind of results you want the group to achieve and report back on.  Set a time limit and this will make the group process more effective.

Encourage brainstorming and creativity in the groups.  You could provide materials to allow groups to create visuals that help communicate their ideas and conclusions.  Move through the room during discussion time and keep the participants on track.  Provide advice and information as needed and affirm participants as you move through the groups, especially for those teens who are generally quiet and don't participate in large-group activities.

Report Back and Commitment:
In large-group session, allow enough time for all report-backs to be presented.  Affirm all presentations and ask the other groups whether they have a question or comment on the presentation.  Finally, the Leader will summarise the small-group findings and conclusions, and aim for action and commitment, and then close with a prayer.

Remember that teaching teens is an ongoing process.  Personal participation increases the retention and application of learning in teens.  They are not studying for an examination, but seeking help for living and growing each day in Christ.  And so give them the opportunity to grow by being involved in learning experiences.

God Bless!
 

Copyright © Sharon Children's Ministries

Home Page  |  Back to Advice Index  |  Back to TeenTrail