How To Get the More Out of These Lessons

1. Read through the lesson, thanks for the lesson, answer each of the discussion questions in preparation for the class. At any open-ended questions you may have. Avoid closed questions for the class; those that can be answered with yes, no, or an obvious answer.

2. Give your students a copy of the lesson a week before you plan to teach it. Ask them to read the lesson, read the articles in the “Check the Sources” section, look up and read the scripture references, write a short answer to the questions on the class handout, and then make a list of their own questions to bring to class.

3. Print handouts and make extras in case visitors come to your class.

4. Encourage student participation in the discussion. Don’t rush to give your answer. Give the students time to think, phrase their answers, and discuss the matter. On the other hand, enter into the discussion along with the students. It is not a time of questions and answers. It is a time for thought provoking questions that encourage open thoughtful discussion.

5. If discussion lags at some point, move on to another question or scripture reference.

6. Don’t feel like you have to ask each question if the discussion doesn’t warrant it, or if it has already been answered in another part of the discussion.

7. Keep the discussion focused on the lesson. Don’t let some student take over the discussion and lead it down another track discussion.

8. Take time to discuss questions discussion of the material. That come from the class if they are Central to the discussion of the material

9. Don’t feel like you have to get all the way through the lesson. If the class shows enough interest you may want to continue the lesson in the next class session.

10. Teach the lesson over at a later date and to a different class. Some news articles seem to always be current. However, if you want a current article, do a Google search on the internet, find a substitute article, and then use the same scripture references and discussion questions again.