The Scripture Scout
26 Ways to Reinvigorate
Your Sunday School
the abz's of zippy discussion
by Anne Gray
We all want to be engaging teachers and wouldn't it be lovely to have child be glued to our every word? But being an interesting teacher is tough. Through the Scripture Scout method of team teaching, it is definitely simpler to take your lesson from being so close to boring (that it causes someone to extemporaneously nap) to something even the adults in the room will truly enjoy. And here are some ABZs for doing just that in any bible classroom!
ASK questions that cannot be answered with simply "yes" or "no."
BEGIN with an introduction leading to a specific point to discuss.
CONSIDER the newcomer who hasn’t studied.
DIRECT leading questions to the natural leaders and the class will follow.
END discussion five minute before dismissal.
FINISH by tying all loose ends and summarizing the spiritual truths shared.
GET down to specifics.
HAVE more material at hand than you can use.
INTERESTING subjects, important to the group, must be chosen.
JESUS should be considered as one of that group!
KNOW the individuals in the group, their background and their interests.
LISTEN to every remark carefully and recognize every speaker.
MOVE away from pointless arguments back to shared ideas and MOVE around the room a lot!
NEVER let one person monopolize the discussion.
ORDER of progression should be planned. Get somewhere!
PLAN the beginning, the middle, and the end.
QUESTIONS should come from the group as well as the leader.
RELATE all points to interest of the group by using RELEVANT REFERENCES.
SAY commonplace things in uncommon ways. Quote Bible, poetry, well-known people.
TEACH something new or revitalize the old.
USE only part of material at hand; and, use that well.
VALUES in making life’s choices is the goal of ALL discussions.
WHO? What? Where? When? Why? also How? are good beginnings!
X-RAY the heart of each speakers to find the motivating influence that promptly a statement that they may have made.
YIELD to any exception to your class rules if the need arises.
ZIP through a discussion with enthusiasm.
This list may have inspired you to take a stab at some new stuff. Let me know how it goes; I’m always interested to see what’s working and garner new ideas too!
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