Northwest is hosting a teacher training workshop this Saturday from 9-12 with Dr. Houston Heflin of ACU. I have known Houston for at least 10 years and have a tremendous amount of respect for him. If you live in the Tampa Bay area or even in central Florida come on over to Northwest this Saturday for a treat! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. If your congregation would like to host an event like this I am sure you could email Houston at the email address below and work it out.
Here is a summary of what he is teaching and a schedule:
Teacher Equipping Seminar
Northwest Church of Christ
Saturday January 7, 2012
Dr. Houston Heflin
This seminar will look at the creative teaching methods of Jesus to learn from the master teacher. We will consider how to lead classroom and small group discussions, and share ideas to make our teaching more engaging and their learning more memorable.
8:45 – Arrive, breakfast/coffee
9:00 – Welcome
9:05 – Session 1: Learning Styles Theory
10:00 – Break
10:05 – Session 2: Preparing for Effective Lessons
10:55 – Break
11:00 – Session 3: Teaching for Spiritual Formation
11:50 – Final Words / Closing
12:00 – Lunch
Lesson 1: Learning Styles Theory
As teachers, it’s helpful to understand how we like to learn. Many people teach to their own learning style. This session will help teachers identify their learning preferences and how to connect with students who learn differently. During the session we also consider if learning styles are in fact real, or just a theory. What if there are some principles that apply to all students, regardless of how they think they learn best?
Lesson 2: Preparing for Effective Lessons
From the moment you learn you will be teaching to the last minute of your class there are many things you can do to ensure a successful experience. This step-by-step conversation about creating learning objectives for students and teaching notes for teachers will help you have more confidence when you enter the classroom. You’ll be able to put the pieces of a lesson together much more efficiently and effectively as a result of this training session on writing your own curriculum and preparing to teach it.
Lesson 3: Teaching for Spiritual Formation
There are many spiritual practices that can supplement the learning that occurs during class and small group times. This session equips teachers with ideas such as written prayers, retelling stories, lectio divina, scripture memorization, incorporating lyrics to the songs we sing, and breath prayers.