While younger students are often brought to the classroom by their parents or guardians, adult learners are voluntary learners. Sunday after Sunday, week after week young adults, adults, and seniors attend class of their own volition. No one makes them go to Sunday School or Bible Study! These learners complete assignments, not for grades, but to deepen their relationship with God. Because they are so passionate about studying God’s Word, these learners are a joy to teach!
The wise teacher is aware that adult learners bring a lifetime of experiences and knowledge. They may have wisdom gleaned from years in the workplace. Or, they may have excelled academically by completing college or earning postgraduate degrees. Whatever the path, these learners have stored within them years of practical wisdom from their family relationships, work, church, and community involvement.
Why not add to the richness of your classroom by inviting these learners to join with you in exploring God’s Word? First, get to know your learners. Who are the men and women sitting in your classroom? Beyond learning their first and last names, how much do you know about their background? When topics surface that relate to their experiences,