Teaching Tip of the Week
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Before interrupting the club or class with a verbal correction of children
breaking rules (such as talking) during the Bible lesson, try a few of what
might be called “hints.” Try one of these without interrupting the flow of
When done well, these methods can help control the class (to a certain
degree) without even interrupting the teaching that is taking place. Of course,
the best way to teach is to have a helper who can head off discipline
problems before or as they start.
- Direct all of your eye contact towards the child doing the talking.
Eventually they will see that you are noticing what is going on.
- Walk towards the child and stand next to them as you teach. Be sure to
smile as you look down at them.
- Ask a question about something you just said, calling on the child who is
talking after you state the question. Example: “How many stones were
they to take out of the Jordan river to set up as a memorial?...John?”
All the students are sure to pay better attention once they see that they may
not get any warning when you are going to ask them a question.
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