by Anne Jolly
For more than 25 years I’ve thrown myself headlong into education. I’ve taught school, designed teacher-developed programs, led conferences, and written books and curriculum. Yet nothing I’ve accomplished in those roles is nearly as important as what I accomplish each week as a teacher and discipleship team member at Gardendale-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.
Think about it - the work teachers do as they reach out to people in Sunday School classes and small groups has eternal significance. This is the work that changes lives and prepares people for living today and forever with Christ.
Churches today face the challenge of developing leaders who are knowledgeable about the Bible and understand principles of good teaching and facilitating. To help churches with that effort, the Adult Discipleship Team of the North Alabama Conference has prepared a special workshop which focuses on helping teachers and potential teachers grow more accomplished in four areas:
- Understanding how and why to develop class goals that move your church mission forward
- Building a toolkit of teaching and facilitation techniques that engage group members
- Creating an inviting and participatory learning environment
- Building strong relationships among group members
On April 25, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the Adult Discipleship Team will offer our inaugural teacher training event at the United Methodist Center in Birmingham. We plan to accept the first 25 applicants. The cost is $15 per attendee, which covers lunch and materials. Click here to register.
I look forward to working with fellow teachers, sharing information and ideas, and engaging my colleagues in an experience that will build their skills, confidence, and enjoyment of teaching.
Anne Jolly is a former middle school science teacher in the Mobile County Public School System and a former Alabama Teacher of the Year.
She develops middle school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum, teaches online STEM courses, and regularly
blogs about STEM on MiddleWeb. Anne also works with the Center for Teaching Quality to moderate nationwide online teacher communities and
build teacher leadership. As a professional developer, Anne implements teacher Professional Learning Teams to increase teaching effectiveness.
Her most recent publication, Team to Teach, is available through Learning Forward. Her current book, STEM by Design is scheduled to come out in 2016.