Friday, May 4, 2012

Better Lessons with the Right Questions

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Questions to ask while preparing a lesson

1. What principles do I want the class  to know and apply?
2. Which verses should I search to help the class discover the principle?
3. What should the class look for as they search these verses?
4. What questions can I ask to make sure the class understand the principle?
5. Is there anything I can do to have the class learn from each other?
6. What applications do I want the class to make? What can I do to help them?

Questions to ask after preparing a lesson
1. Is there variety in the lesson?
2. Have I asked the Lord to help me teach the lesson with power?
3. Is there opportunity for class participation?
4. Have I prayed about my class?

Preparation Questions:
1. What is the object of this lesson?
2. What are the principles or doctrines to be covered?
3. What are the converting life-changing principles?
4.What would be most beneficial to the class?

Search Questions:

Search questions should avoid YES/NO responses and obvious answers. Search questions requires your class to look in the scriptures for answers.

Analyze Questions:

Analyze questions require your class to think and ponder the significance of what they are studying.
-What did you find.....what evidence...
-What does it mean...
-Why is is that...How is it that...
-What is...the difference...are the differences...
-How do you think...How does
-What are some ways...

Application Questions

Application questions require the class to look at their lives and what they might do to make their lives better.
-What have you learned...
-What difference would it make if...
-When have you felt...
-What do you feel/think God wants
-Share a time ...or experience...
What does God..expect...desire...

* Credit:This list came from a CES Seminary Workshop I attended with my husband.  I don't know the source beyond that.  It is excellent and can take our teaching from mediocre to excellent by just knowing the right questions to ask.