A Lesson From Childhood

thumbnailOn Monday I did a post about how we convey boredom to the kids we teach. I also mentioned that memorable teachers have their own unique styles.

About a month ago, I asked a question on Facebook: What lesson do you remember from childhood? Meaning – a lesson you heard at church, Sunday school, VBS, etc.

Here’s what I learned – I don’t think there are too many surprises, but I did think it fascinating that these lessons are still remembered 20, 30, 40 years later. (And if you were one of the people who answered – thanks.)

PEOPLE HAVE GOOD MEMORIES OF TEACHERS …

  1.  Using an object lesson (several different ones were mentioned).
  2. Dressing as the character that the lesson is about. – Noah, Joseph, David, etc.
  3. Putting verses to music.
  4. Allowing the kids to ask questions.
  5. Giving the class opportunity to participate.
  6. Using black light.
  7. Using puppets.
  8. Showing that God has a sense of humor.
  9. Asking thought-provoking questions.
  10. Choosing not so commonly told biblical events such as Balaam.
  11. Telling contemporary stories with a biblical message.
  12. Smiling, loving the kids, and showing joy.

Interesting that three of the people who answered thought back to a teacher building (with the class) a model of the tabernacle. A project that lasted several weeks. All three were in the same middle school class – as was I. I also remember it.

BAD MEMORIES OF TEACHERS WHO …

  1. Used “creepy” flannel graph that frightened the kids. (Actually several mentioned really liking flannelgraph – it was just the “creepy” flannelgraph figures that caused bad memories.)
  2. Used scary stories (that frightened the kids) to get a point across.
  3. Wouldn’t answer questions, or were contradictory in their answers.

Just something to think about the next time you teach!

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