How can we lead our Bible classrooms toward attentive, reverential reading of Scripture? Bryant Russ at Holland Christian Schools shares his process.
Doodling. Graphic recording. Sketch-noting. It is called many names, but visual notetaking is a powerful learning tool, here to stay. Heidi Dean, Bible specialist, sat down with Chattanooga Christian School teacher, Alice Sikkema, to learn more about the power of visual notetaking in the Bible classroom.
The Bible department at Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Arizona, has been restructuring its courses for greater student engagement. We asked Greg Tonkinson, director of Spiritual Life and High School Bible Development, to share what is prompting their updated pedagogy. We discovered that a key catalyst for Greg wasn’t an “idea” so much as a “person”—his own high school senior.
We began our Bible Educator series by examining tools for classroom discussion. Now we ask: How can we make our instruction time more vibrant? How can we connect students with biblical content in an engaging way?
When students generate their own questions on the biblical text and explore answers in group discussion, their learning “sticks” longer! Learning to verbalize questions and seek out answers—in community, with trustworthy sources—is perhaps the top skill we can provide students.
How can discussion help students interpret Scripture? Ben Tameling of Grandville Calvin Christian Schools shares eight techniques for text-centered discussion, fueled by students’ own observations and questions.
Elizabeth Jacobs of Trinity School in Durham, North Carolina shares six tips for an inner-outer circle. By setting a formal tone, this discussion model has helped students discuss Scripture in a mature, thoughtful manner. “It brings out the best in my students!” she shared.
When we asked Jennifer Baham from San Jose Christian School how she creates thriving discussion in middle school, Jennifer shared seven research-based practices that lay the foundation for seminar-style discussion.
CSI Bible Specialist Heidi Dean spoke with Beth Banning, a fifth grade teacher from Whitinsville Christian School, who shared eight techniques she uses for facilitating student-centered discussion in the classroom.