“So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” – Psalm 78:6-7 (NIV)
Teaching kids is one of my favorite things to do as a Children’s Pastor. There are days where I walk off the stage feeling like I really nailed it. And then there are days where I totally bomb and drown my sorrows in a bowl of Cookies & Cream.
Recently I’ve been working with our teachers here at High Desert Church to come up with a way to help us reflect on our teaching times so we can minimize the things that aren’t working and maximize the things that are. Here are the questions we’re going to start using:
1. Did the opener get the kids attention?
2. Was there a clear transition from the opener to the Bible story?
3. Was the Bible story told in an engaging way? Did the teacher seemed “glued” to their notes?
4. Was there audience participation or a relevant object lesson, video clip, or personal story used in a helpful way?
5. Was the main point communicated clearly, succinctly, and repeatedly?
6. Did the presenter stay within their time allotment?
What questions would you add to this list?
Here are some other posts to help you and your teachers teach better:
- Teaching Kids With Confidence
- 5 DOs and DONTs of Teaching Kids
- 5 More DOS and DONTS of Teaching Kids
- Teaching the Bible so Kids Want More of It
- How to Find Great Movie Clips for Your Kids’ Ministry
- The Secret Sauce to Getting Kids to Listen to You
- How Your iPhone Can Make You a Better Teacher
- When Object Lessons Go Wrong