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This book, geared primarily to Christian ed teachers of children, outlines seminal teaching principles of content, context, focus, location, connectivity, maturation, humanity, transfer, and appropriateness.
Faith Teaching: Teachers Like You Can Grow Faith Kids
review by Jan Johnson
Title: Faith Teaching: Teachers Like You Can Grow Faith Kids
Author: Steve Wamberg and John Conaway
Publisher: Cook Communications Ministries, 1999
If you ever read the classic Christian education book, The Seven Laws of Teaching, this book has that synthesized big-picture feel. It outlines seminal teaching principles of content, context, focus, location, connectivity, maturation, humanity, transfer, and appropriateness.
For example, the principle of content is often forgotten: The content of teaching must support its application. This is basic, but crucial, because many lessons and sermons use the diving board approach: Here's the verse, but let me move on to my pet idea—or pet peeve.
This book seems geared toward teachers of children. It would serve as a checklist to a teacher driving home, wondering, What went wrong? Oh yea. I forgot the principle of maturation—every kid learns at her own pace. The book also includes a few pages to address each age level issue.
Jan Johnson is a speaker, journalist, and the award-winning author of 14 books, including When the Soul Listens. She recently authored Growing Compassionate Kids, from Upper Room Books (1-800-972-0433). Or order from Amazon.com.
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