So, you want to be described as a Sunday school teacher, great for you! God has abundant blessings available for both you and the children! However, maybe you are wondering when you yourself have what it requires to be a really good children’s Sunday school teacher. You do not know if you are cool enough or young enough for the children to relate solely to you. You are not sure if you are old enough or wise enough to be able to teach kids effectively. May very well not have what it requires to keep the children entertained. Your church may not have the budget to generate a watch popping multimedia presentation for children’s church each week! You realize the Bible, but you are by no means a Bible scholar.
It is okay, you may not have to have dozens of “things” to be a fruitful 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 are able to rely on, someone stable, you to definitely encourage them, you to definitely cause them to become feel important, and above all someone that has a desire to teach them about God.
Meaningful lessons are not the same thing as entertaining lessons. You do not have to be always a stand up 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, however they will undoubtedly be forgotten. It is essential to draw the children in to the lesson and the group, by helping them become part of the lesson. Include the children as frequently that you can, allow them to behave out the Bible stories, draw on the white boards, let them browse the Bible passages, encourage the children to ask questions and partake in class discussions.
You see it doesn’t matter if you are twenty-two or sixty-seven, kids are not hung up by age. If you have a desire to teach children about God you are well on the road to becoming a fruitful Sunday school teacher. With prayer, only a little practice and some planning you can produce a Sunday school environment that will really make a difference in the lives of many 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 turn into a better Sunday school teacher.
Being prepared has innumerable benefit. You could be more confident and present the lesson with increased impact. Long gaps or pauses in the presentation are the only distraction some kids will need to become disruptive. Distraction opens the door for poor behavior. Well before class starts, you need to review the lesson and then gather every one of the materials you will need. Structure your class in such a way, so that you move smoothly between activities. Use various ways through the school 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 do you expect the children to be? To increase interest, try considering the lesson from different perspectives, time periods or characters.
You should also have genuine fascination with the kids. Kids have an unbelievable knack for knowing when you are just going right through the motions or when you really care. Mutual respect goes a considerable ways both inside and away from classroom
Kids (as well as adults) want to be with and tune in to others who’ve a commitment and purpose for life. An outgoing teacher’s message could be more readily accepted and remembered. Outgoing personalities naturally take on leadership roles. Outgoing teachers inspire their students. Outgoing teachers know their students names and interests and will incorporate these specific things in to the Sunday school lessons.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
Many people think that they need to rule, I am talking about teach, with an iron fist. Any small infraction is dealt with swiftly and with military precision. These kinds of folks take themselves very seriously and see misbehavior as challenging for their authority and control. This might work (but I doubt it) in the corporate world, but this sort of approach seldom works with children. Granted you might get the children to sit straight as a table and not whisper a phrase, but are they eager in the future back each week? Are they desperate to learn more about God?