"He saw heaven opened and an object coming down that resembled a large sheet being lowered to the earth by its four corners." Acts 10:11 (HCSB).
In this account, Peter is being taught by God about the inclusion of Gentiles in His plan of salvation. He could have lectured, He could have commanded, He could have given Peter a research paper to complete. In this particular lesson, He used a visual aid.
Close your eyes while watching a movie or a TV show. What did you miss? Colors, expressions, shapes, movement - the whole realm of visual stimuli that is built into the medium. Now - since we are working with students who are deeply engulfed in a high-tech, media bombarded world - what do you think they are missing in your lesson?
The old adage - "A picture is worth a thousand words," was coined many years ago. Someone today has said, "Due to inflation, a picture is now worth a million words."
When you plan your lessons - give them a visual nail to hang their hat upon.
For Kingdom Education,
From WTB Teaching With Style (c) 1994