“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 1:1-2 NIV)
As teachers prepare to teach a lesson, understanding learning styles of your class members is essential for greater effectiveness as a teacher. (Send me a request by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send an inventory for teachers and class members to take.) Too often we teach out of the learning style we are most comfortable with, and we miss opportunities to create a better learning environment.
One of the learning styles is visual learner. John (based on the Book of Revelation) was a visual learner. He writes with great imagination and imagery about God’s triumph over evil and suffering.
Persons younger than me (I am 52) have always had a television and other visual technology. How are you using visual images and technology to strengthen your lesson towards life application? They are prone to see pictures. Provide some.
Here are a few ideas to assist in teaching visual learners:
Use pictures to make your point. If you search for art and a Scripture on the internet, you will probably find a painting to help enhance your teaching. I have been amazed at all of the paintings about Scripture that one can find on the internet.
Use video clips to enhance your lesson. If you have a theme in mind, use YouTube and GodTube to find some videos. For instance, a great video on looking at the needs of others is “Get Service”. Here is the link: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=DYKP7GNX
Another great video with music is “Do Something” by Matthew West. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_RjndG0IX8
Allow prayer time to become an opportunity to use art. Sybil Macbeth has a great book called Praying in Color that demonstrates how art and prayer can be used together to strengthen the prayer life of adults and children. (There is a children’s edition to this book.)
Visual learners will create their own pictures if none are given or ‘check out” of class. Why not provide some resources to keep them focused and applying God’s Word to life application?