My teacher told us a few weeks ago that as he was going to school to earn his doctorate, he had to write a paper with this topic: “The Greatest Teacher to Ever Live.” He chose to write his paper about Jesus Christ. How fitting. Jesus Christ really was the greatest teacher to ever live.
I came across a quote from President Boyd K. Packer that I really enjoyed. He says, “The Savior is the master teacher. The teaching of Jesus Christ constitutes a treatise on teaching technique surpassed by none. Jesus has been described as a philosopher, an economist, a social reformer, and many other things. But more than these, the Savior was a teacher. If you were to ask, ‘What did Jesus have as an occupation?’ There is only one answer: He was a teacher. It is He who should be our ideal. It is He who is the master teacher.”
Christ used many effective techniques in His teaching. Christ perceived the thoughts of His listeners, taught in parables, and had high expectations of His listeners. He expected them to have read the words of the prophets or “know the word.” Jesus Christ is our perfect example, not only living a perfect life, but being a perfect teacher. As we go into the world to teach elementary school, to teach the Gospel, or even to teach our children, I hope we will look to Jesus Christ as our ultimate example and the Master Teacher.
For a neat article on Christ’s specific teaching techniques, go to: http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/20379/Savior-is-the-master-teacher–Scriptures-contain-examples-of-Christs-teaching-methods.html