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Free Training Resources for Teachers of Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Free Training Resources for Teachers of Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneProfessional educators are required to take regular training classes in order to retain their teaching license. Yet, we will allow volunteers to teach children and teens about God with little if any training at all. Most of the time, we have no idea what happens in the classroom after volunteers begin teaching.

Unless a parent complains (and most don’t because they are rarely heard), your volunteers could be teaching or doing anything (or nothing at all) and you would have no idea. The horror stories I hear are everywhere and in most cases could have been easily prevented with volunteer training.

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Fun Way to Assess Student Learning in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Fun Way to Assess Student Learning in Bible Classes for Kids and Teens - Teach One Reach OneStudent assessment is something rarely mentioned in ministries. We believe their attendance is so tenuous that if we attempt any form of assessment, they will stop attending our classes.

Yet without assessment, how do we know what (if anything) they are learning? How can we know which students are understanding what God wants them to know and which students have no idea what God wants for them and from them? How will we know if we need to tweak or change our curriculum or other aspects of our ministry?

The truth is without assessment, everyone is making decisions based on guesses. Guesses which may or may not be anywhere close to accurate. We don’t need to have standardized tests like they do in schools. There are actually fun ways to assess students. You can get the information you need about students learning and they can review and anchor important information and principles.

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Are Your Bible Classes for Kids and Teens Missing This Crucial Element?

Are Your Bible Classes for Kids and Teens Missing This Crucial Element? - Teach One Reach OneYou’ve had a great class. Your students seemed to listen intently while you told the Bible story. They loved the hands-on, meaningful, memorable activity you had planned for them. As the bell rings, your students are so engaged, their parents have to practically drag them out of your room. One important question though. What did they actually learn?

Teachers will tell you that even the best planned lessons can still leave some students with unanswered questions. Others may have totally missed something and leave the classroom with a serious misunderstanding. Many aren’t quite sure what they were supposed to have learned or remembered from the lesson.

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Evaluating Bible Classes for Kids and Teens

Money, Money, Money - Free, Fun, Flexible Family Devotional - Teach One Reach OneWhenever you ask someone about the Bible classes for kids and teens in their church, you usually hear how wonderful they are. But are they really? What is the standard for wonderful? Are the kids and teens getting what they need to build strong spiritual foundations and reach their godly potential? Are volunteer teachers doing things that enhance learning or are they creating an atmosphere that makes students want to avoid class?

Even within the same congregation or ministry, you may have one class where kids are learning all sorts of important things from God’s Words in meaningful, hands-on, memorable ways, while others are learning literally nothing. In order to help parents raise their kids to become strong, productive Christians as adults, our ministries must be of a consistently high quality.

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Navigating the Summer Months in Bible Classes for Kids & Teens

Navigating the Summer Months in Bible Classes for Kids & Teens - Teach One Reach OneSummer is quite possibly the most difficult time of year to navigate in Bible classes for kids and teens. Once school ends for the summer, it seems everyone travels until right before school begins again. You never know how many students you will have. On vacation peak weekends, you may have only a couple of students. On other weekends, you may have extra kids because your students bring their friends or people are visiting relatives in your congregation.

What can you do to keep the momentum going over the summer months? How can you keep students who are traveling studying their Bibles and learning more about what God wants from them and for them? How can you encourage the parents of your students to spend extra time with their kids strengthening their faith foundations and helping them reach their godly potential?

You will have to be creative. Not every idea will work – it depends a lot on the personalities of your students and their families. It’s worth the effort though. Otherwise, some of your students may go for weeks with little or any exposure to God and His Words.

Here are some ideas you can use to engage students through the summer months:

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