Book: Proverbs 15
“The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.”
You may be able to reflect back on a teacher or an instructor from your education that you enjoyed in class. What made their classes so interesting? It was probably that they were able to connect the information being taught to you in an enjoyable way. Some university students take as many classes from the professor they enjoy because they know that they will learn the most from those classes. Such instructors often influence their students in the field that they will specialize in because of their love for that field.
I remember back in junior high school a math instructor. As a student you had to work hard and he stretched you in your learning but he always made it interesting. I remember one day going to his class after working hard for about a week on a new math concept. When he arrived, the teacher said, “today I want you to put your books, pencils and anything else you have, away in your desk. Get comfortable because for the next 45 minutes I am going to talk about finances.” He then, through personal stories, shared how math had helped him invest, start businesses, and be financially sound. We were able to ask him questions and understand how he had done so well. By the time the next math class came around we were ready to learn the new concepts he had for us. He had made math appealing to his students. Every student believed that what he was teaching was important because he made it interesting and used personal examples of its use.
When we are teaching others, it is more than just giving information, rather it is about sharing knowledge that will be useful to them. I heard of a teacher who said to their students, “You need to learn this but you will never use it once you leave school.” That is not very encouraging to the students. Showing how it could be useful makes it a lot more interesting.
Next time you have an opportunity to teach, ask yourself how you are going to make it appealing to the students. Ask God to show you how to do this and rely on Him during your presentation!