Reflective Learners

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19 NIV)

“She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.” (Luke 10:39 NIV)

We have these verses about two different Mary’s.

Jesus’ mother treasured and pondered at the birth of Jesus and all that took place.

Martha’s sister sat at Jesus feet and listened as Jesus spoke.

Both were reflective learners. Reflective learners learn best by listening, pondering and reflecting before they speak (if they speak at all.) They enjoy working alone and long periods of solitude. They look for activities that lead to self-expression. They internalize concepts by personalizing them. So how do we involve reflective learners in Bible study?

Consider small group activities. Reflective learners are mostly introverts. Many are not going to speak up in large crowds. Have part of your study in small groups of two to four people. They are more likely to share their wisdom in the small group, and the extravert in the group can give the report to the larger group.

Consider sending questions about the lesson ahead of time. If reflective learners have space and time alone to ponder & reflect, they are much more comfortable sharing what God has shown them. Send questions out by e-mail, text or Facebook. If none of those are available to some of your class members, give questions a week before as they leave class.

Have time for reflection during class. This is a great activity for the life application piece as music is played in the background. Allow them to respond by writing, drawing or making something rather than talking.

You may discover with activities like these that the reflective learner will be more engaged in class. Feel free to comment and share your ideas with me.

About tonystopic

Seeker and connector to the abundant life as a husband (to Katrina), father (to Tara & Joseph) and Field Strategist/Sunday School Specialist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.
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