“I Just Wish My Children Would Remember What I Teach Them!”
That is every parent or teacher’s dream, but it rarely seems to happen. Many times in the middle of what we are trying to tell them, children get bored and their attention drifts. The small amount of our teaching that actually gets into their minds tends to wind up in their short-term memory, and in a day or two or an hour or two or a minute or two, it’s gone. That cycle can become very discouraging; I’ve experienced that discouragement myself.
So here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be that way! Educational research has discovered an amazing teaching technique that God has known from eternity past. If you combine your teaching with an exciting or engaging story, the emotional center of the brain overrides the short-term memory and stores the information in the long-term memory, where it will stay available for recall for most of your students’ lives.
It’s really that simple! If you teach with exciting stories, not only do you keep the attention of those you are instructing, but they will remember your teaching for most of the rest of their lives.
I “stumbled” into this technique by “accident.” At least it seemed that way at the time. But now I am convinced the God was leading our family in this, even though it took several years for me to recognize His leading and the incredible worth of what He was showing me.
So, HOW DO YOU DO IT? Well, for me it was simply a matter of reading my children an exciting story and then, as soon as I finished reading, asking them leading questions. It sounds too easy to work, but it does work—if you follow a few guidelines. I will go over those guiding principles and tell you exactly how I did it in my next blog post.
God’s richest blessings to each of you,
P.S. If you believe that this information has a value to parents and teachers, please share it with others. Also, if you want to read more about God’s amazing teaching technique, go to my website: www.StoriesChangeHearts.com.