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Are You Really Listening to the Kids or Teens in Your Bible Class?

Are You Really Listening to Your Students - Teach One Reach One

Want to make a difference in the lives of your students? Want to help them reach their godly potential? Want to give them the tools they will need to be productive Christians? Want to help them through tough times?

To be able to effectively do those things, you have to know what is going on in the hearts and minds of your students. Most young people have learned to protect themselves by giving out as little of that information as possible – especially to teachers. So how can you find out how to best minister to your students?

One of the skills many highly impactful teachers have learned is how to listen to their students on multiple levels. The information gathered from this more intense form of listening gives them clues as to the questions and actions they need to pursue next with their students. So what levels of listening do they use?

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How Teach One Reach One Can Help Your Ministry to Kids and Teens (Inc. Lots of Free Resources!)

How Teach One Reach One Can Help Your Ministry to Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneYou may have just stumbled upon Teach One Reach One or perhaps you attended one of our workshops, seminars or classes and are wondering what other resources we have to help you.

God has blessed this ministry and we are constantly adding to the resources designed to help Christian parents and the volunteers working with kids and teens in churches, faith-based tutoring programs and on the mission fields of the world.

Currently, these are just some of the resources you can find on our website or can attain by contacting us directly through the contact us feature on our websites.

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Must Read for Christians Working With Urban Youth

Must Read for Christians Working With Urban Youth - Teach One Reach OneMany Christians have great hearts. They love people, especially young people. They want to point them to Christ and make a positive difference in their lives. They want to make a positive impact on urban environments that are killing our young people or emotionally breaking those who manage to survive.

Often these well meaning Christians head into urban environments with absolutely no real information about what life can be like. Or their perceptions are based on what they have seen on the evening news or some television drama. In reality, life can be just as different from one urban child to the next as it is from one suburban child to the next. Unfortunately though, not knowing some of the basic issues in urban life can mean volunteers waste a lot of unnecessary time and money through trial and error. They can spend way too much time reinventing the wheel. They can even make things much worse for the children they are trying to help by making “rookie” mistakes.

Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun by Geoffrey Canada should be a must read for anyone wanting to volunteer or work with kids and teens in an urban environment. Canada runs a program in Harlem (NYC), that from everything I can read is as much of a success story as one can hope for in one of the toughest areas in America. In fact, many credit his program with creating a rejuvenation of about a 100 block area in that part of Manhattan.

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Conquering Cliques in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Conquering Cliques in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens- Teach One Reach OneOften when I speak with families who are changing congregations, the reason given is their children didn’t feel accepted by the other kids. It wasn’t mean behavior usually, but just a feeling the children had that they would never be considered a part of the group. If they are teens, the word often used is cliques.

The reality is cliques and friendships are often based on having similar tastes, interests, beliefs or even personalities. It is natural for young people to feel more comfortable with people who are basically just like them. The problems start when these friend groups exclude others on a regular basis and do things that make those not in their group feel “less than”.

It’s not realistic to expect children with absolutely nothing in common to be best friends. It can happen, but it’s rare. “Outlawing” cliques at church usually doesn’t work well – especially with teens. So what can you do to make every child or teen feel welcome and accepted in your classroom? Here are some things you can do that may help:

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Great Gifts for Volunteer Bible Class Teachers

great Gifts for Bible Class Teachers - Teach One Reach OneWhether you teach a class of elementary Sunday School students, volunteer in a faith-based tutoring program, teach devotionals for teens or participate in mission trips serving children and/or teens, you need to spend time improving your skills. For volunteers like you or someone you know, this can be difficult. Carving out extra time to take classes or attend training sessions can be tough.

What almost anyone can find the time to do though, is read a book. While no book is perfect and just reading a book won’t necessarily translate to improved teaching skills, in many cases you will learn things to enhance what you are currently doing with your students.

The list below contains some of my favorite books to recommend to volunteers working with children and teens. They make great resources for yourself or great gifts for the volunteers you know. Not all of these books are Christian, but often in this particular area secular books can be more helpful – successful teaching skill sets are very similar whether you are teaching kids about secular subjects or God. I have included affiliate links to give you access to more detailed information and prices to compare to your favorite bookseller.

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