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Quick Start Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Quick Start Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach One

 

It’s Sunday morning. It’s time for Bible classes to start. Yet, it can be fifteen minutes before you have even half of your students in the room. If you wait until everyone enters the classroom, you may have fifteen minutes or less of actual teaching time.

On the other hand, if you start when there are only a couple of students there, you may spend the rest of class trying to get late arrivals up-to-speed with what is happening. Valuable class time is wasted with you having to constantly repeat yourself.

Clearly neither solution is ideal. What, if anything, can you do to get your students in the room quickly? How can you arrange your class so you are using every minute wisely? There are several things you can do, but these are our favorites.

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Helping Inexperienced Volunteers Become Master Teachers

Helping Inexperienced Volunteers Become Master Teachers - Teach One Reach OneMost ministries and churches depend on volunteers to teach their Bible classes for kids and teens. Sometimes, the volunteers are professional master teachers. Many times though, your volunteers are people who love God and young people. They want to help kids and teens learn about God. They have the best of intentions, but may not have the skills to be as effective as they could be.

Not everyone has the God-given talent to teach, but most volunteers can become effective teachers. With a little extra help, you may even find you have some undiscovered master teachers in your volunteer pool. Unfortunately, most volunteers never reach their true godly potential as teachers. Our young people aren’t getting the best Bible classes in part because we haven’t better prepared our volunteers to be as effective as possible when they teach.

There are a lot of things you can do to help move inexperienced volunteers towards the master Bible teacher level. Here are a few of our favorites:

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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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