Bible Teaching Methods: Methodology for Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers

This Month's Bible Teaching Method:


Students either watch how something is done or they practice doing it themselves.

In Choosing Teaching Methodology consider your group factors:

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Teacher Training Worksheet Based on These Group Factors:
Tips for Choosing & Using Methods

Group size
Demonstrations can be used with any size group providing materials used are large enough for all to see.

Resources needed
You may need props to perform the demonstration. You may use instructional aids along with the demonstration such as handouts, pictures, sketches, or some other type of graphic depiction.

Objective targeted
Demonstrations can be used to illustrate a concept or principle or to teach skills.

Use modeled
Jesus used demonstration in His teaching. Sometimes He initiated it as in the case of washing the disciples' feet to demonstrate servanthood (Jn. 13:5-15). Other times he did it at the disciples' request as in when they asked Him to teach them how to pray (Lk. 11:1-4). Jesus Himself was a demonstration of the Father to us (Jn. 5:19; 12:45 14:8-10).

Proximity of others
Whether or not a demonstration would be disruptive to nearby classes depends on the type of demonstration it is and how loud it would get.

Finances needed
Any costs incurred depend on what the demonstration is and how readily available the props are.

Age level
Demonstration can work well with any age.

If the teacher merely shows students how to do something, the demonstration would be primarily one-way communication or impressional. It can be, however, opened to dialogue or to students expressing what they've learned by doing it themselves.

Time required
How much time a demonstration takes will be dependent on how involved it is but normally it can be done within 10-30 minutes. The amount of time required for preparation will be dependent on the type of demonstration and what is involved in getting the props together.

Openness of group
Students are usually quite receptive to demonstrations. Not all students are hands-on learners and therefore may be a little intimidated if they are asked to try it themselves but many students welcome the opportunity to do something.

Room size
The type of demonstration will determine the room size needed.

Skills needed

Know your students. - How much knowledge do they already have about the concept or skill you are demonstrating? That could determine how much detail you provide in explaining it to them or how many steps it should be broken down into. Do your students even have the necessary background for the demonstration to make sense to them? You may need to prelude the demonstration with some input.
Come prepared and organized. - Have all the materials you will need in one place, ready to use. Always test or practice the demonstration yourself prior to doing it in the classroom.
Prepare the students for what is to happen. - Clearly communicate the purpose for doing the demonstration. Make sure students are seated or standing where they will have optimal visibility and audibility. It is often helpful to arrange seating in a semi-circle when doing a demonstration.
Increase the learning potential when possible. - Accompany the demonstration with a verbal explanation of not only what you are doing but also why you are doing it as well. Incorporate feedback by asking questions or allowing students to ask questions to make sure they are understanding as you proceed. This is especially important the more complicated the task is. Allow students to practice doing it themselves, particularly if the outcome is to be skill development.

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(Last updated 03/01/18)