Thursday, April 16, 2009

Elijah and the Intrapersonal Style of Learning


Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) - "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

Some students find their strength in learning vested in their feelings, values, and ideas. They are the Intrapersonal style of learner. They tend to think in relation to their own needs and goals. They love setting goals, dreaming, planning. They will be the religious leaders and psychologists.

A Scriptural example of someone like this would be Elijah - following the Mount Carmel victory. In 1 Kings 19, we find him running for his life. He is depressed, and everything is focused on "me." When God seeks to reach him, he uses ways that pertain to Elijah's own felt needs. He meets the needs and discusses the values that Elijah is struggling with to be able to teach and instruct him.

Jesus dealt with a person like this in the Woman at the Well. She needed to be approached in the area of her felt needs and her understanding of values before she could learn or apply anything that God wanted to teach her. Jesus did just this.

Today - watch for those students who need instruction based on thier feeling, values, and ideas. Make some room in your lessons to help them learn.

For Kingdom Education,

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