Been teaching lately. And while it shouldn’t, it still surprises me how much I learn just from preparing to teach. A few pearls I’ve picked up this year:
- You do not have the answers to everything.
- It’s okay not to have the answers to everything.
- Expounding longer and in detail while it sounds a bit impressive (to the beginner’s ear) does not improve the percentage of learning that takes place. In fact, it usually drops the numbers a bit.
- Students learn as much when you ask them questions as when you provide answers. Possibly more.
- The times you’re less well-prepared tend to turn out pretty well. In spite of you.
- It’s very humbling to hear simple wisdom emanate from someone you had totally underestimated. And gratifying, somehow.
- Wisdom comes in many forms.
- The lesson you thought you were teaching isn’t always what was learned. And that’s okay.
- “Pride goes before a perilous fall”…watch the teacher stumble. Pride shouldn’t enter into lesson preparation OR delivery.
- About 12 years ago I wrote an article titled “Surprised by Christ.” It still rings true. No matter how well I believe I know Him, He continually amazes me.
- A lesson not bathed in prayer isn’t worth teaching.
- Timing is important. I repeat. Timing is important.
- Teaching is addicitive. Or more like a calling. I’m driven to it; can’t help it. Can’t get enough of it.