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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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Do You Actually Like the Kids or Teens in Your Bible Class?

Do You Actually Like the Kids or Teens in Your Bible Class - Teach One Reach OneJohn Maxwell – a leadership expert – wrote “How can you lead people when you don’t like or respect them?”  (Winning With People p. 21) As you know, Teach One Reach One strongly believes every volunteer who works with children or teens is a leader. So my question for you is “Do you actually like the kids or teens you teach?”

Your students don’t all wear the same shoes.  They were created by God to be individuals. Their environments and experiences also make them different. Even identical twins are not exactly alike. Some of those differences will naturally create an emotional distance between you and some of your students.

If you have a student who misbehaves or is disrespectful or even reminds you of someone (possibly yourself) you don’t like, you may bristle every time you see him or her.

Yet to really effectively point your students to God, you absolutely must find a way to like each one of them. For some, that will be easy. For others, you may always struggle with liking them. Yet, try you absolutely must. As John Maxwell might say – they can tell if you don’t like them and they won’t want to hear what you have to say – even if you are quoting God.

If you find yourself struggling to like a student, you might want to try some of these tips to help.

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Top Tips for Handling Student Responses in Children and Teen Bible Classes

Top Tips for Handling Student Responses in Children and Teen Bible Classes - Teach One Reach OneOne of the best ways to assess what students are learning and understanding in your class is to ask them questions. It’s also a great way to move them to higher levels of comprehension. Perhaps most importantly, their answers allow you to adjust your lesson in real time so students don’t walk away from your class confused or frustrated.

For your students though, your questions can cause them anxiety, fear and even dread. So what can you do to help them feel at ease, but still get the information you want from them? The key to successful questioning is not only in the questions you ask, but also in the way you respond to their answers – especially incorrect answers.

Here are some important tips to remember as you respond to student answers to your questions:

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