Four Ways to Engage Physical Learners in your Bible Study Class

11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. (I Thessalonians 4:11-12 NIV)

Perhaps taken a little out of context, but I believe Physical Learners can identify with this passage! Perhaps “Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop…” (Proverbs 16:27a NIV) would be the other one.

Physical learners cannot be still for very long. If you ask them to sit still, they will have to focus on being still. Such concentration will keep them from hearing and learning what you are trying to teach!

Physical Learners are wired to be physically active. They want to act out a story as they tell it. They enjoy “hands on” activities. So how do we engage them?

Give permission to move around. With preschoolers and children, they have stations and movement as a part of class. Usually there are an arts and crafts, music and bible story stations. With youth and adults, we need to build in some activity. Have activities where they have to place something on the board, draw something or use items like Play Doh when a lesson lends itself to do so. At other times, give permission to get out of their seats and move in the classroom.

Use drama/role play. Physical learners prefer to act it out as they tell a story. Give them that opportunity.

Use arts and crafts. I mentioned Play Doh above, but let them use their hands for part of the lesson. Sybil Macbeth has a great book called, Praying in Color, which inspires people to draw as they pray. There is a children’s edition as well. My wife, Katrina, has helped young adults with their prayer life using this book.

Have service projects. As mentioned in several of my blogs, every Bible study class should have an ongoing service project in the community. It helps every person to feel important as they serve and physical learners learn best by doing something for others. I would encourage some lessons on the go while you are serving.

If physical learners are not given opportunities to learn as they move around, they will not be engaged in learning, and many will not remain active in the class.

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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