So, you want to be described as a Sunday school teacher, good for you! God has abundant blessings in store for both you and the children! However, you might be asking yourself when you have what it requires to be a really good children’s Sunday school teacher. You don’t know if you are cool enough or young enough for the youngsters to connect with you. You’re not sure if you are old enough or wise enough to be able to teach kids effectively. You may not have what it requires to help keep the children entertained. Your church may not need the budget to create a watch popping multimedia presentation for children’s church each week! You understand the Bible, but you are by no means a Bible scholar.
It is okay, you don’t need to have all those “things” to be a powerful Sunday school teacher. Kids do not want another cool friend. Children teach to one need someone that cares, someone that knows their name, someone they can rely on, someone stable, anyone to encourage them, anyone to cause them to become feel important, and most of all someone that has a need to teach them about God.
Meaningful lessons are not the same thing as entertaining lessons. You don’t have to be always a operate comic to be a powerful teacher. A well illustrated object lesson or science experiment will remain with kids much longer than a lot of hoopla. Multimedia presentations are nice, but they will soon be forgotten. It is very important to draw the youngsters into the lesson and the group, by helping them become part of the lesson. Include the children as often as you possibly can, allow them to behave out the Bible stories, draw on the white boards, let them browse the Bible passages, encourage the youngsters to ask questions and partake in class discussions.
You see it generally does not matter if you are twenty-two or sixty-seven, kids are not hung up by age. When you yourself have a desire to teach children about God you are well on the road to becoming a powerful Sunday school teacher. With prayer, a little practice and some planning you can produce a Sunday school environment that’ll really make a difference in the lives of several children today and in the lives of generations to come.
All of us can benefit for every single others experiences, listed here are four suggestions that have really helped me become a better Sunday school teacher.
Being prepared has innumerable benefit. You may well be more confident and present the lesson with increased impact. Long gaps or pauses in the presentation are the only distraction some kids will have to become disruptive. Distraction opens the doorway for poor behavior. Long before class starts, you must review the lesson and then gather most of the materials you’ll need. Structure your class in such a way, so that you move smoothly between activities. Use various ways through the institution year and change the order by which things are done from quarter to quarter.
Have Genuine Interest
Having genuine fascination with the material you teach comes shinning through. If you should be un-interested in the material, it’ll show in your presentation. If you should be not interested in the material how will you expect the youngsters to be? To increase interest, try considering the lesson from different perspectives, time periods or characters.
It’s also wise to have genuine fascination with the kids. Kids have an unbelievable knack for knowing when you’re just going through the motions or whenever you really care. Mutual respect goes quite a distance both inside and outside the classroom
Kids (as well as adults) want to be with and tune in to others who’ve a passion and purpose for life. An outgoing teacher’s message may well 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 into the Sunday school lessons.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
Many individuals believe that they need to rule, I mean teach, by having an iron fist. Any small infraction is dealt with swiftly and with military precision. These kind of folks take themselves very seriously and see misbehavior as a challenge with their authority and control. This might work (but I doubt it) in the corporate world, but this kind of approach seldom works together with children. Granted you might get the youngsters to sit straight as a board and not whisper a word, but are they eager to come back each week? Are they wanting to find out more about God?