Over the past few weeks I've been playing with the teaching method I use in the Tuesday Gathering in an attempt to balance three teaching aims:
- Teaching the passage
- Teaching what the passage teaches
- Teaching how to discern what the passage teaches
The next "experiment" is a group developed syntactical display (in English). Using a Word and the projector, we will be observing the verbs, subjects, and connectors (conjunctions, demonstrative pronouns, and prepositions); discerning the clauses (by noting the finite verbs); and using indents to show the relationships between the clauses. [For any of my students reading this, fear not... all will be explained.] Since we are studying a letter, this method should work (it's not so good for narrative or poetry).
What comes after the display is still up in the air a bit, but will include interpretation and application--probably via whole group discussion and/or couch groups. We may try to end with a lectio...we'll see.
Our next study is September 12. It'll be interesting to see what happens.
EXPERIMENT IN TEACHING PREP
Read Rhett's discussion:
rhettsmith.com: Preaching, teaching, lecturing, dialogue or conversation?