True teaching aims at life change. I can teach an amazing lesson complete with powerpoint and handouts, but if my students haven't changed, then have I really taught? Knowing full well that life change is impossible without God's intervention, there are still some things that we as teachers must do. I call it the M.I.A. (Missing in Action) as these 3 elements are often missing in our teaching:
- Modeling -- (ME) It starts with me. The more I change, the more I can influence others to change. I must become what I want my students to become. Not a perfect example, but an authentic one.
- Involvement -- (WE) I must get my class involved in the learning process. I must learn the art of asking good questions and become more of a leader than a lecturer. Too much of our teaching is entirely too passive.
- Accountability -- (YOU & ME) When I'm done with my lesson, I'm not done. I must create an intentional plan of action to be done outside the classroom. Oftentimes, teachers feel the pressure to "get through the lesson" and leave out this important step. But good teachers follow up with their students to see if they did what they were asked to do in an environment of humility and grace.
If you're aiming at life change, look for ways you can build these three elements into your teaching, all the while depending on the Holy Spirit to do what you cannot do.