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The Power of “Why” In Bible Classes For Kids and Teens

The Power of "Why?" in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneTeach One Reach One spends a lot of time training Bible class teachers to ask students questions on a variety of levels. These varying questions will help young people process the Bible and form faith foundations in increasingly more complex ways. If you haven’t seem them before, you might want to read our free handouts on Bloom’s Taxonomy for Bible Classes and Asking Better Questions In Bible Classes.

Perhaps one of the most important questions you can ask your students is “Why?”. It is a crucial question for assessing whether your students are not just learning the facts, but understanding why they are important. It can help you discover whether or not your students understand why God wants them to do something. It can even reveal a bit of their hearts and minds, if you ask it in non-threatening ways.

Want to conduct a little teacher experiment? I will warn you, this is only for the brave and may very well break your heart. Ask your students the following why questions. Their responses will give you a hint as to how much of a faith foundation their parents, their church and Bible class teachers like you have helped them build so far.

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Do Personalities Matter for Children and Teen Bible Class Teachers?

Do Personalities Matter for Children and Teen Bible Class Teachers - Teach One Reach OneChurches, mission fields and faith-based tutoring programs often have interesting beliefs about volunteers. One of the most prevalent is that any “warm body” will do – it’s the curriculum and program offerings as a whole that really matter. As a result, many of these groups trying to reach children and teens for God will allow untrained volunteers to work with kids. While we will address that in other blog posts, there is an even more disturbing result of this attitude.

At times, these ministries will place volunteers as teachers and mentors who are shall we say a bit “prickly”. They may not really want to be volunteers, but have been guilted to “fill a slot”. Worse yet, some may not even like kids or teens or have very negative attitudes towards them.

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Teaching the Bible to Kids and Teens with Special Needs

Teaching the Bible to Kids and Teens With Special Needs - Teach One Reach OneI recently read the book No Greatness without Goodness by Randy Lewis. In it, Lewis tells the story of how he convinced Walgreens to employee large numbers of people with special needs, while also giving them regular salaries and benefits. (If you have a child with special needs or work with children who have special needs, I think you will find it to be extremely encouraging.)

Here is my most important take away from the book. I believe the church needs to revolutionize the way we teach kids and teens with special needs in Bible classes. Lewis and his team took the attitude that failure was not an option. If regular methods to motivate employees or have them complete a task weren’t working, they found a way to make it work.

So many times in churches we unknowingly communicate the message that children and teens with special needs are somehow “less than”. We discourage parents from bringing them to Bible class. We give the children coloring sheets, while other students are engaged in more hands-on, meaningful activities. We don’t ask them questions. We don’t ask parents how to help them learn. We don’t ask the child with special needs what he or she needs to make learning easier. We assume they don’t want to become a Christian and rarely even bring up or study baptism with them. We may even look the other way or ignore the children and their families. On rare occasions, families have even been asked to find somewhere else to worship.

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Reading the Bible In Classes for Kids and Teens

Reading the Bible In Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach One

 

When I observe Bible classes for kids and teens, it often doesn’t take long before the teacher asks a child to read a scripture. While we strongly encourage Bible class teachers to read part or all of their lesson from the actual Bible, I usually cringe when a teacher asks students to read from a passage of scripture.

Believe it or not, I have met more than one person who left church and sometimes God because they were embarrassed one too many times when called on to read in class. There are situations though, when it is appropriate to ask students to read out loud from the Bible. So how do you know if it is a good idea to have students read a passage of scripture out loud in class?

Before you ask another student to read scriptures, I want to encourage you to ask yourself the following questions.

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Teaching The Old Testament to Kids and Teens

How to Teach the Old Testament to Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneOne of the concepts we promote at Teach One Reach One is teaching the Bible to children and teens in ways that help them to understand the importance of it in their lives. While most of you probably feel comfortable doing that with the New Testament, you may be one of many who struggle with the Old Testament. You may even view it as a collection of stories to teach kids so they know how time passed from the beginning to Jesus – and not much more.

Recently, a minister I know suggested I get a copy of the book, How to Teach and Preach the Old Testament for All Its Worth by Christopher J.H. Wright. I rarely, if ever, recommend you purchase a book until I have thoroughly read it myself. This book has so much helpful information though, I am breaking my rule – that’s how badly I want you to read this book!

The reason I haven’t finished the book is because there really is so much useful information, I am reading more slowly than I normally do to make sure I am absorbing it all. Wright uses the book to give a master class for beginners (and the more experienced) on understanding and teaching the Old Testament to others.

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