The people were amazed at his teaching because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Mark 1:22
When I was in college learning to be a teacher, we heard about how we would settle into our calling. My professors spoke of the “look”. It would be direct, firm, kind, and knowing. Especially knowing. Nonverbal cues could communicate that students were seen. As I spent more time in the classroom, the “teacher’s look” developed as I became at ease with instruction and connected with my students. The more I let them know me, the more they would let me in too. Their individual personalities came out, and I could see the class as a whole. I brought them back to the learning space with a glance. When I spoke, they really heard.
I had one professor and mentor who shared her process to gain confidence and presence. She shared her struggle with anxiety that had been a roadblock. She was asked to speak for a large gathering at the college. We would all attend and she asked that we pray for her and watch her during the presentation to notice how she was managing the anxiety. She encouraged us: when we come across challenges, that we too would find ways to grow through them. Her willingness to share her real self with us created a connection, and we were more open to her teaching.
When I think of Jesus teaching, I imagine his eyes and voice so seeing and so knowing, that the hearers could be transformed from simply being present. There have been times when I have read the Bible, and it was speaking directly to my heart. I was so open and welcoming that God’s word could inspire and create healing and wholeness in my life.
Learning is a choice, we can choose to be seen and known, or we can put up walls.
Are you closed off? Where are the walls that need to come down in order for learning to happen? As we anticipate Jesus’ birth, we can intentionally soften as we wait.
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