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Avoiding Classroom Chaos

God made us inquisitive beings who prefer to be active, especially as children. When there is nothing to "draw the attention," chaos will soon occur.  Once that happens, there's little chance of regaining order. Here is a time-tested tip to avoid chaos in any kids church or classroom.

The simple solution is to have something, or someone, prepared to focus those inquisitive minds from the moment they step into the room.  If the group is diverse you might offer a variety of options including; an active game; a Lego or knex building center; a coloring or craft table; a game cart that offers a variety of puzzles or stacking toys; a karaoke machine for singers; Children will naturally gravitate towards things they like.  I have often used a pre-session hand-puppet as  the "attention-getter" in settings where a variety of options is not feasible.  Balloon twisting always fascinates a crowd but the twister must have clearly defined rule.  ie'  "These animals will be given out later as prizes, not now." 

When the time comes for large group activity or worship to begin, use a video and audio timer so the whole group will know when to put things away and get seated.  Make your own countdown, announcement video,  or search for a suitable countdown on the web.   With a little familiarity, everyone will know to have the "stuff" put away and be in their seats when the time runs out.  This type of order and routine will set everyone at ease and get the class or kids church off to a great start.

Bonus Warning: Save running activities for game time. No chasing or tag games allowed for the safety of the group.

 

True Mastery = Better Disciples

 

True Mastery = Better Discipleship

 

To MASTER an idea, or a concept, or a scripture, or a mental picture or process means more than memorization.  It is the process that places information firmly into the long-term memory so securely that one can bring it back to mind with effortless recall.  Anything less is not mastery.

 

Teaching  one verse a week, spitting it out for a prize at the end of class is NOT mastery.  Someone labeled it the “Zip – Plop” method.  We ZIP a verse into their minds one week, and the one they learned last week PLOPS out of mind.  What’s the remedy?  Simply put, repetition and reinforcement until the student is able to recite, or report the information without prompting.

 

This type of learning takes time, and mainly REPETITION.  There are those people, of course, who seem to be “really good at memorizing” but I would submit that anyone can master a topic if it is taught in their dominant learning style.  Teachers/pastors/parents MUST become aware of the way their students learn most effectively and be diligent to use every style if they are teaching a group.  Auditory, visual, and tactile learning methods must be considered, or the instructor will fall into the trap of teaching in their own learning style.

 

Mastery makes better disciples.  The fruit of discipleship stems from the root of mastery in scripture, character values, and world-view.  We MUST take the time and incentivize results, or we run the risk of making flimsy followers.

 

Here's a link to one tool that helps to memorize all the books of the Bible in order with hand motions that provide a content theme for each book.  When mastered, The Bible Moves become a tool for life-long learning and an onboard  "searchable database" when we need answers from the Word. 

 

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What Good Daddies Do

  

Did you ever jump in the car for a short trip and think- “It’s just a couple blocks, I’ll skip the seat belt this time”?  It happened to me just this morning.  My son and I hopped into the car to go work out just two blocks from our house.  I saw that he had dutifully put his seat belt on and in an instant this profound thought, a “God-thought,” popped into my head:  Setting a good example for him in small things far outweighs my momentary inconvenience.  I reached down and buckled up.

 

This is SUCH a profound principle that carries over into every aspect of our lives. 

 

             Son sees Dad buckle up?  He buckles.  (Safety & common sense)

 

Son sees Dad praying?  He prays.  (Spiritual stewardship)

 

Son sees Day exercising?  He exercises.  (Physical stewardship)

 

Son sees Dad honoring his wife?  He learns and stores this example for the future.  (Commitment to marriage)

 

So THIS IS what good Daddies do; They set a good example for their children.

 

Go forth, and BE the Dad.

 

B.Bopp

 

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