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High School Festival: Teaching

The Teaching Conference is offered to help high school young women develop their ability to communicate God’s Word clearly and effectively to other women.

Guidelines

You should prepare a 10– to 12-minute expository challenge from God’s Word designed for a target audience of young adult ladies. The lesson will be primarily evaluated on the basis of your ability to effectively exposit and apply the passage, all of which can be enhanced through effective delivery.

The lesson should consist of an exposition from one of the Pauline letters. Your theme, main points, and primary development should come from one passage that consists of one or more paragraphs. Cross references can be employed to assist the listener in understanding the primary passage, but the majority of your development should come from within your passage and its context.

You may use notes when teaching. The lesson should be well prepared but not memorized word for word. We ask that you use the King James Version as you teach.

Benefits

  • The opportunity to teach God’s Word
  • Helpful written feedback from members of the School of Religion and Faculty/Staff
  • A Master Class session designed to aid in teaching and communicating God’s Word

Helpful Hints

  • Keep in mind that we are not looking for the “perfect” lesson. Can you stand up in front of a group of ladies and with some degree of confidence and clarity say what God has said in His Word? That’s what we’re looking for.
  • Do not view the Teaching Conference as a contest. Make it your goal to work hard to grow in your ability to communicate God’s Word.
  • Please be assured that we do not assume that every participant has the same level of teaching experience, giftedness, or style. Our desire is to work with you where you are and take you to the next level. Therefore, it’s important to pay attention to the comments and suggestions you are given, especially repeated ones. Be humble and teachable.

Lesson Presentation Helps

  • Biblical content of message. The primary task of those who communicate God’s Word is to be faithful in saying what God said. If you need help understanding any of the Bible verses you are teaching from, consult someone you know and trust, like your parents, a Bible teacher, or pastor.
  • Appropriate application. Think about your target audience as you prepare. Don’t be content just to read or deliver the information to your listeners. Pray that God would transform those who hear the Word.
  • Appropriate illustrations. Illustrations are powerful tools to help your audience see and feel the truth. Be sure to incorporate some stories or analogies in your lesson.
  • Personal appearance. Make sure your appearance complements (and doesn’t distract from) the message. Also, be aware that white, black, and stripes do not film well. Avoid distracting accessories.
  • Facial expressions/gestures. Sometimes we think we are more expressive than we actually are. Consider presenting your lesson in another context before filming your lesson so you can get feedback from others on how you are coming across. In addition, you may want to film a few takes before submitting your final version so you (and others) can view and improve before the final take.
  • Eye contact. Eye contact is important for communicating sincerity and authority and is particularly important in video recordings. Look at your camera to establish “eye contact.”
  • Grammar/pronunciation. Take the time to look up words you don’t know and find out how to pronounce them. Have someone, like an English teacher, look over your written lesson to spot any grammatical problems.
  • Voice variety. Vocal variety is an aid to communicating the truth. No one likes to hear someone speak in a monotone voice for any length of time, so be aware of your pitch, rate, volume and use of pause.
  • Lighting and Background. When filming, make sure the light is behind your camera, not you. People notice what’s behind you, so make sure your background complements your lesson and presentation.
  • Considerate of time. You have 10–12 minutes to present your lesson. Be sure to plan and practice enough to fit comfortably into those time constraints.
  • Enthusiasm and authority. Be passionate about your challenge and make sure it’s based on God’s Word. If you are teaching the Bible, God is speaking, and when God speaks He speaks with authority.

Video Submission Guidelines

  • Your video submission should be uploaded to YouTube as an “unlisted” video. Submit the direct link to the video on your registration form. (Test your unlisted video link by logging out of YouTube and accessing the link.)
  • The YouTube video should be labeled in this format: Jane Smith - Smith Homeschool - Passage Reference
  • Ensure your submission has good audio and video quality.
  • The video recording must have been made no earlier than July 1, 2020.
  • The video should be recorded in one unedited take from one camera angle.
  • Do not include fade-outs or video transitions.
  • No sound editing is allowed. The recording must be honest and acoustic. As much as possible, it needs to be as if the viewer was in the room listening to you teach.
  • The video should be in the spirit of a live teaching event. It may be shot in a home, school, church, recital hall, or some other appropriate location, with or without an audience.
  • You are required to introduce yourself and your passage at the start of the video—either verbally or with a title slide. This introductory portion of the video entry must be limited to the following: Teacher name - Organization/School name - Passage Reference
  • Once a video is submitted, no substitutions will be allowed.

Video submission questions can be directed to the Welcome Center