As you lead your school, we encourage you to start with the end in mind! Ask yourself, “What do I want my students to look like at the end of your school year?”
A.D.D.I.E.’s Five Phases
A.D.D.I.E. is a tool that will help you design your school’s structure to maximize transformation in your students’ lives. This systems’ approach to training helps create an active learning environment, meet development goals, and create plans for forward progress.
Through its five phases, A.D.D.I.E. can help you develop a school structure (i.e. course content, schedule, evaluations, etc.) and training style that will help you train your students! Keep reading to learn more about A.D.D.I.E.
Analyze the needs and desires of your students. When you engage students at the level of their needed and desired areas for development, you will find that they are highly motivated to invest themselves in the process. In fact, providing opportunities for your students to express how they want to grow through your program will help build trust with you as their teacher. We encourage you to analyze where your students need and want to go during their learning journey. If ever your students become disengaged, you can remind them of how they wanted to grow so that they can stay on the learning track.
Example: Before the start of school, go around the room and ask the students why they chose to be part of the school and what two areas they need or want to develop in their lives.
Design a structure for training your students. Drawing from what you learned about your students in the analysis phase, we encourage you to design strategies, plans, schedules, and more that will help you meet training goals. Furthermore, it’s important to clearly define what your students will gain through your program (e.g. expected learning outcomes, requirements, etc.) so that they can track their journey throughout the year.
Example: Take time to design a curriculum schedule that maps out the progression of learning students will experience through your program. Also, define the learning outcomes that will be achieved by the end of the year.
Develop a valuable learning experience for your students. Find ways to make each classroom session as interactive as possible! Incorporating both individual and group activities will increase your students’ knowledge retention. In fact, we encourage you to make every training session 50% presentation and 50% participation. Also, provide the materials and tools students need to be successful in their learning journey.
Example: While teaching a course on the prophetic, demonstrate to students what it looks like to prophesy over an individual with heaven’s perspective. Activate students by having them turn to their neighbor and prophesy over them.
Example: Create a packet that includes your school’s mission, vision, core values, learning objectives, class schedule (see Resources on bethel.spd.org for examples), description of electives, class format (e.g. DVD, live teaching, activation, etc.), and any other important information. Provide the packet to your students at the beginning of the school year to use as a reference.
Implement by having your students apply their learning to real life situations. Learning inside of the classroom is only meaningful if it can be applied to one’s lifestyle. Find ways for your students to apply the information they receive through your school directly into their lives. Your students will experience true transformation when you teach and activate them to incorporate kingdom messages into real life areas such as relationships, work, finances, and more.
Example: Assign students a core values report where they write an explanation (include biblical understanding and personal experience) of a core value. Ask students to describe the core value as if they were explaining it to someone who was hearing about it for the first time. Encourage them to use real life examples to impart an accurate understanding and motivation to adopt this core value as one of their own.
Evaluate your students’ learning experience for ongoing improvement. Evaluation is key to understanding the level of learning your students are experiencing through your school. We encourage you to have your students reflect upon what they have learned, provide constructive feedback and more. This will further the implementation process of what they have received as well as provide you with valuable feedback to improve your school’s structure.
Example: Create midyear and end of the year evaluations that ask students about their experience of your school program. Ask them what they gained during the school year, their favorite aspects of the program, their least favorite aspects of the program, what they would like to see improve, and more.
Remember, taking the time to create an organized structure for teaching and imparting kingdom content will increase the level of transformation your students experience! As you develop your plans for your school program, invite the Holy Spirit to breathe wisdom upon the tools He has given you to use and the process of creating every structural aspect.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5, NKJV).