“Even though you have ten thousand guardians in
Christ, you do not have many fathers.” (1 Cor. 4:15)
Jesus has been
recognized as the greatest teacher ever, not because of he loves his
students, being their role model, living out his own teaching, but also his
1. Pedagogy of
daily usages- Almost any real life tool can be used as teaching aids by
Jesus: oil lamps, wine bags, clothes, coins etc. Students can easily
understand the significance of the truth when they daily use these
2. Pedagogy in
metaphor- Often profound truths can be explained with a simple analogy. People
will understand it better when they rethink it. There are more than thirty
parables that Jesus used: sowing, harvesting, fishing, lighting, finding
money, the prodigal son, etc.
3. Pedagogy in
preaching- This is the most common way of teaching. In the era of no
amplifiers or computers, keeping the attention of a large audience can be
difficult. It was Jesus’ wisdom that achieved maximum results with minimum
4. Pedagogy in
being role model- Jesus prayed in the wilderness early in the morning, he
prepared breakfast for disciples, he cried at the funeral, he visited the
sick, etc. He practiced what he taught and encouraged his disciples to live as
they were taught.
5. Pedagogy in
discussion- Small group discussion can best stimulate student’s thinking,
resulting in better learning. Jesus always gave his disciples a topic and let
them to discuss it; solving the problem of feeding five thousand or who he
6. Pedagogy in
debating- Jesus often debated with Pharisees to show their blind spots. He replied
questions people asked with questions; such as, the topic of taxes, the woman
caught in adultery, how to receive eternal life, etc. It allows people to
think deeper in their issues.
7. Pedagogy in different
roles- Jesus used action to illustrate the truth. His transfiguration, his
washing of the disciple’s feet, his weeping before Lazarus tomb, etc. This
is a good way of letting students know their roles.
Being a good
teacher is not easy, and having a father’s heart even harder. We should be
humble and learn from our Master.