I’m a fan of active learning in the classroom, and as I teach my LIFE Group each week, I have a “secret weapon” ready to use at a moment’s notice. It’s relatively inexpensive, available at any office supply store, flat, portable, lightweight, and it appeals to visual, relational, physical, reflective, verbal, and logical learners.
WALL-SIZE POST-IT NOTES!
If you lead a Bible study group, make a small financial investment in a pad of giant Post-It notes. There are many great benefits of using a wall-size Post-It pad in the place you lead Bible study. These handy sheets are great in a classroom or a living room. There are several benefits of using them:
- Create community. Divide your group into smaller groups of 3-4 people and give each group a sheet of Post-It paper. By asking them to record thoughts or respond to an assignment you give them using the wall-size Post-It, you help people build community as they talk, discuss, share, and complete the assignment.
- Generate discussion. Very close to #1 above are the conversations that will take place in smaller buzz-groups. People need a chance to talk, because many of us process our thoughts as we talk. Using a wall-size Post-It to generate discussion is smart teaching on your part.
- Create active learning. Using giant Post-It notes also helps appeal to several kinds of learners (visual, reflective, physical, relational, logical, and verbal). It’s hard to believe, but one Post-It can appeal to 6 different kinds of learners.
- Create an affordable “white board” where none exists. If you are in a home environment for Bible study, it’s great to create a disposable “white board” – and Post-Its help you do just that. The paper won’t bleed through, and a living room-based study group can have something that is visually interesting on which to record thoughts, outline a Bible passage, and more.
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