SUCCESSFUL BIBLE TEACHING
Hevener, Ed. D.
Successful teaching is
not an accident. The successful teacher follows certain
instructional principles, some of which are given below for your
At the beginning, clearly state the purpose of the
Be prepared. In good teaching, there is no room for
Stay on topic. Wandering suggests a lack of
understanding of the purpose of the lesson. (No matter how
interesting another topic may be, if it doesn’t enhance the
purpose of the lesson, stay away from it.)
Involve class in discussion by asking pertinent,
higher level questions.
(Lower level questions ask for recall of
facts; higher level
questions demand analysis, association, valuing,
Work to involve all students in discussion; don’t allow
one or two
students to dominate the
time and discussion.
Start on time; close on time. Before closing, again
summarize the theme (central thought) of the lesson. (“We have
learned that …..”).
Speak clearly and with good volume. Enunciate each word
Rather than telling a student he/she is wrong, approach
the situation with a questions such as: (1) “Perhaps we can look
at this issue in another way,” or (2) “Some see the issue as
…..; let’s take this approach to see where it leads.”
Teaching is more than “telling.” The best teacher will
assist the student in finding the answer for himself/herself.
Show enthusiasm for teaching and the topic at hand.