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Autism in Bible Classes

Special Needs In Bible Classes - Teach One Reach OneWith 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 62 children in general diagnosed with autism, chances are you will have one or more students on the spectrum in your class. If you haven’t had much training or experience working with kids with special needs, the thought of teaching a child with autism or any other special need may be intimidating.

There is one truth though you need to understand. Every single child in your class has special needs. God created each one of them to be slightly different from the others – even identical twins. That’s what makes the whole concept of the church as a body with all of its parts working together is so beautiful.

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What To Do When a Bible Class Student Gets On Your “Last Nerve”

What To Do When a Bible Class Student Gets On Your "Last Nerve" - Teach One Reach OneHis name isn’t important. Although honestly, he would probably be thrilled I remember him all these decades later. He was a student in my secular student teaching class my senior year of college. Bless his heart (Southern for “What a nightmare!”). He knew how to push every button my supervising teacher and I had. I think he even found some new ones! It felt as if not a day went by without us having to correct him multiple times – and my supervising teacher was one of the best I have ever seen.

Fast forward to the end of the semester. If you had asked me, I would have told you the kid probably hated me by that point. Yet when they gave me a going away party, he came up to me. “If you have a little boy in the future, will you name him after me?” he asked in all sincerity. Somehow, what could have been a disaster had evolved into a relationship where he felt we were so close I would name my future son after him. (For the record I had a daughter!)

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Handling “Wiggles” in Children’s Bible Classes

Handling "Wiggles" in Children's Bible Classes - Teach One Reach OneHave you been frustrated while teaching your children’s Bible class because your students are so fidgety? Has a student told you he “can’t sit still” because he has ADHD? Do you have students disrupting learning for others, while their parents are saying it’s because they don’t take their medication on Sunday?

These issues are becoming more and more common in Bible classes around the country. Volunteers are often confused and frustrated. Learning can be disrupted for one or more students. What can you do to show love to your students who may be struggling, while not ignoring the needs of other students to have a controlled learning environment?

The good news is there are actually several things you can do to improve the situation. It may take a few tries to find the best solution for your particular issue, but here are the things to try which will work in most situations.

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One Classroom Habit Bible Class Teachers for Kids Should Avoid

One Classroom Habit Bible Class Teachers for Kids Should Avoid - Teach One Reach OneI have been in your shoes many times. You have this amazing (if you do say so yourself!), hands-on, meaningful Bible class planned for your students. Bible class is after worship. The preacher goes over by 15 minutes and three special announcements later, you have a total of twenty-five minutes for your fifty-five minute lesson plan. Or Bible class is first and your students are still dribbling in for the first thirty minutes of class.

The one commodity most Bible class teachers can’t control is the amount of time you have your students actually in class with you. Most of us are keenly aware of how valuable every second of class time is already for our many students who aren’t taught Bible at home. You may also have very young students or one or more students with special needs. You may have parents of students who expect “beautiful/perfect” crafts coming home with their kids – even when you only have a few minutes for them to complete them.

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Handling Anger In Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Handling Anger - Teach One Reach OneLet’s face it. At some point when you are teaching kids and teens, you are going to find yourself getting angry with one or more of your students. You aren’t a terrible teacher or a terrible Christian because you feel yourself getting angry when a student is ignoring your instructions for the thousandth time or is constantly talking while you are talking.  If you aren’t careful how you act when you feel angry though, it can undermine your entire ministry.

Remember Ephesians 4:26? “In your anger do not sin…” (NIV) It’s not feeling the emotion coming from your hurt or frustration that is sinful. Rather it is what you do after you feel anger rising that can be sinful and undermine your ministry to your students. In fact, if it is severe enough, your reaction can make a child want to walk away from God.

So what are some tips to help you navigate those times when you are angry with students?

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