So, you wish to be considered a Sunday school teacher, great for you! God has abundant blessings available for both you and the youngsters! However, maybe you are asking yourself if you have what it will take to be a great children’s Sunday school teacher. You may not know if you are cool enough or young enough for the children to relate genuinely to you. You are unsure if you are old enough or wise enough to manage to teach kids effectively. May very well not have what it will take to keep the youngsters entertained. Your church may not have the budget to generate an eye fixed popping multimedia presentation for children’s church each week! You know the Bible, but you’re by no means a Bible scholar.
It’s okay, you may not need all those “things” to be a fruitful Sunday school teacher. Kids do not require another cool friend. Children teach to one need someone that cares, someone that knows their name, someone they could rely on, someone stable, someone to encourage them, someone to make them feel important, and most of all someone that’s a need to guide them about God.
Meaningful lessons are not the same thing as entertaining lessons. You may not have to be always a remain true comic to be a fruitful teacher. A well illustrated object lesson or science experiment will remain with kids much more than lots of hoopla. Multimedia presentations are nice, nevertheless they will be forgotten. It is important to draw the children to the lesson and the group, by helping them become the main lesson. Include the youngsters as frequently 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 children to ask questions and partake in class discussions.
You see it generally does not matter if you are twenty-two or sixty-seven, kids aren’t hung up by age. If you have a desire to teach children about God you’re well on your way to becoming a fruitful Sunday school teacher. With prayer, only a little practice and some planning you can produce a Sunday school environment that may 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 below are four suggestions that have really helped me become a better Sunday school teacher.
Being prepared has innumerable benefit. You will be more confident and present the lesson with an increase of impact. Long gaps or pauses in the presentation are the sole distraction some kids will need to become disruptive. Distraction opens the door for poor behavior. Well before class starts, you should review the lesson and then gather all the materials you will need. Structure your class in such a way, so that you move smoothly between activities. Use various ways through out the college year and change the order by which things are done from quarter to quarter.
Have Genuine Interest
Having genuine interest in the material you teach comes shinning through. If you’re un-interested in the material, it’ll show in your presentation. If you’re not interested in the material how do you expect the children to be? To boost interest, try considering the lesson from different perspectives, time periods or characters.
You should also have genuine interest in the kids. Kids have an unbelievable knack for knowing if you are just going right on through the motions or when you really care. Mutual respect goes a long way both inside and away from classroom
Kids (as well as adults) like to be with and tune in to others who’ve an enthusiasm and purpose for life. An outgoing teacher’s message will be more readily accepted and remembered. Outgoing personalities naturally accept leadership roles. Outgoing teachers inspire their students. Outgoing teachers know their students names and interests and will incorporate these specific things to the Sunday school lessons.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
Lots of people believe they have to rule, I am talking about teach, by having an iron fist. Any small infraction is managed swiftly and with military precision. These kind of folks take themselves very seriously and see misbehavior as a challenge for their authority and control. This may work (but I doubt it) in the corporate world, but this type of approach seldom works together with children. Granted you can find the children to sit straight as a board and not whisper a word, but are they eager in the future back each week? Are they desperate to learn more about God?