So, you intend to be a Sunday school teacher, best for you! God has abundant blessings available for both you and the kids! However, perhaps you are thinking about if you have what it takes to be a really good children’s Sunday school teacher. You don’t know if you’re cool enough or young enough for the kids to connect with you. You are not sure if you’re old enough or wise enough to manage to teach kids effectively. You might not have what it takes to help keep the kids entertained. Your church may not have the budget to create an eye popping multimedia presentation for children’s church every week! You know the Bible, but you’re certainly not a Bible scholar.
It is okay, you do not need to have all those “things” to be a successful Sunday school teacher. Kids do not need another cool friend. Children teach to one need somebody that cares, somebody that knows their name, someone they could depend on, someone stable, anyone to encourage them, anyone to make sure they are feel important, and most importantly someone that has a desire to guide them about God.
Meaningful lessons are different thing as entertaining lessons. You don’t have to be always a remain true comic to be a successful teacher. A well illustrated object lesson or science experiment will remain with kids much longer than lots of hoopla. Multimedia presentations are nice, however they will 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 frequently that you can, allow them to do something out the Bible stories, draw on the white boards, let them see the Bible passages, encourage the kids to ask questions and partake in class discussions.
You see it doesn’t matter if you’re twenty-two or sixty-seven, kids aren’t hung up by age. When you yourself have a desire to teach children about God you’re well on the way to becoming a successful Sunday school teacher. With prayer, a little practice and some planning you can cause a Sunday school environment which will make a difference in the lives of many children today and in the lives of generations to come.
Most of us can benefit for every others experiences, listed below are four suggestions which have really helped me develop 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 real distraction some kids will need to become disruptive. Distraction opens the doorway for poor behavior. A long time before class starts, you must review the lesson and then gather all the materials you will need. Structure your class in this way, so you move smoothly between activities. Use different methods through the institution 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 are un-interested in the material, it’ll show in your presentation. If you are not enthusiastic about the material how do you expect the kids to be? To improve 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 quite a distance both inside and beyond your classroom
Kids (as well as adults) prefer to be with and listen to others who have an enthusiasm 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 individuals believe that they have to rule, I mean 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 with their authority and control. This may work (but I doubt it) in the corporate world, but this type of approach seldom works with children. Granted you may get the kids to sit straight as a table and not whisper a word, but are they eager to come back every week? Are they eager to find out about God?