So, you wish to be considered a Sunday school teacher, great for you! God has abundant blessings in store for both you and the kids! However, you might be asking yourself when you have what it will take to be an excellent children’s Sunday school teacher. You don’t know if you should be cool enough or young enough for the kids to connect with you. You are uncertain if you should be old enough or wise enough to be able to teach kids effectively. You may not have what it will take to help keep the kids entertained. Your church may not have the budget to generate a watch popping multimedia presentation for children’s church weekly! You know the Bible, but you are certainly not a Bible scholar.
It’s okay, you may not need to have all those “things” to be a fruitful Sunday school teacher. Kids do not want another cool friend. Children teach to one need somebody that cares, somebody that knows their name, someone they could rely on, someone stable, you to definitely encourage them, you to definitely make them feel important, and most importantly someone that’s a want to guide them about God.
Meaningful lessons are different thing as entertaining lessons. You don’t have to become a operate comic to be a fruitful teacher. A well illustrated object lesson or science experiment will remain with kids much more than a lot of hoopla. Multimedia presentations are nice, nevertheless they will soon be forgotten. It is very important to draw the kids in to the lesson and the group, by helping them become the main lesson. Include the kids as often as you can, allow them to act out the Bible stories, draw on the white boards, let them read the Bible passages, encourage the kids to ask questions and partake in class discussions.
You see it doesn’t matter if you should be twenty-two or sixty-seven, kids are not hung up by age. When you have a desire to show children about God you are well on the way to becoming a fruitful Sunday school teacher. With prayer, a little practice and some planning you can make a Sunday school environment which will really make a difference in the lives of several children today and in the lives of generations to come.
Many of us can benefit for every others experiences, listed here are four suggestions that have really helped me become a better Sunday school teacher.
Being prepared has innumerable benefit. You could be more confident and present the lesson with more impact. Long gaps or pauses in the presentation are the only real distraction some kids will have to become disruptive. Distraction opens the entranceway for poor behavior. A long time before class starts, you should review the lesson and then gather all the materials you’ll need. Structure your class in this way, so that you move smoothly between activities. Use different methods through out the college year and change the order in which things are done from quarter to quarter.
Have Genuine Interest
Having genuine interest in the material you teach comes shinning through. If you are un-interested in the material, it’ll show in your presentation. If you are not enthusiastic about the material how will you expect the kids to be? To increase interest, try looking at the lesson from different perspectives, time periods or characters.
It’s also wise to have genuine interest in the kids. Kids have a great knack for knowing when you are just going right on through the motions or when you really care. Mutual respect goes a long way both inside and beyond your classroom
Kids (as well as adults) like to be with and pay attention to others who have a commitment and purpose for life. An outgoing teacher’s message could be more readily accepted and remembered. Outgoing personalities naturally undertake leadership roles. Outgoing teachers inspire their students. Outgoing teachers know their students names and interests and will incorporate these things in to the Sunday school lessons.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
Lots of people believe they have to rule, I am talking about teach, with an iron fist. Any small infraction is handled swiftly and with military precision. These kind of folks take themselves very seriously and see misbehavior as challenging for their authority and control. This could work (but I doubt it) in the corporate world, but this type of approach seldom works with children. Granted you might get the kids to sit straight as a board and not whisper a word, but are they eager to come back weekly? Are they eager to find out more about God?