Teach Like a Pirate // Blog
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Youth Ministry, in recent years, seems to have become less creative; we have readopted the ancient form of communication, preaching, as the go-to model to bring about transformation to our students. However, lecture is one of the least effective forms. Just because it was in the Bible doesn’t make it the best tool for teaching young disciples (or mature ones … more

“Oh, for humility’s sake, you should NEVER use ABSOLUTE terms” post
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For humility’s sake, it’s wise to exchange words of extreme, absolute language like: ALWAYS, EVERY TIME, NEVER, ALL, NO ONE, DEFINITELY, ABSOLUTE, COMPLETE for less arrogant words like MAY/MIGHT, SEEMS, SOME, POSSIBLY, & OFTEN. Be careful using extreme language. Since we are not omniscient (all-knowing) our perspective of reality will ALWAYS be limited (Yeah, I used it, and I think … more

Frame Up New Ideas So Students Know What to Do with Them.
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When conveying a new &/or difficult idea, I always start at the 50,000 feet level to help learners get the big picture or lay of the land. We don’t know what we don’t know so it makes it hard for us to quickly process something we haven’t ever known before.  After the fly over, then you can start in with … more

Becoming a master teaching using Bloom’s taxonmy
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To be an incredible teacher, you’ll have to master Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning. I’ve heard 100s awful lessons that bored kids at level two. We think that we are really teaching well when students can spit back to us information that we taught. That means little in the end. Dogs can be trained to follow commands. Bloom’s set forth a … more

Teaching a 1/2 step out of tune
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When teaching, never teach by giving your students a “fully tuned guitar” by giving them all the answers. Instead, twist the B string out of tune a 1/2 step and the A string out a whole step and watch your students HAVE TO get it back into tune before they can play with what you are saying. Watch ’em squirm… that’s when you know learning … more