"And fathers, don't stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4 (HCSB)
Here fathers are warned about stirring up negative emotions in their children. In the same way, we as teachers need to be careful about what we "stir up" in our students. Do we create excitement about a subject - or do we kill them with content?
All truth is God's truth, whether from the Scriptures or from the world around us. Therefore it is potentially exciting and stimulating to students. So, what happens? Dr. Duane Litfin says, "There is no such thing as an uninteresting subject; there are only uninterested people." How do they get that way? The way the material is presented.
Take the approach that content is not boring, and discover methods of making the material exciting and stimulating. Then back up and watch the students take off with the subject.
For Kingdom Education,
From WTB Teaching with Style (c) 1994.