HAVE A FEW SIMPLE RULES
Tell the children what these rules are, post a copy in your classroom, and be consistent about enforcing them. Here are some simple classroom rules:
1. I will be responsible for my behavior
2. I will treat others with kindness and respect
3. I will use things in the classroom the proper way
Correct gently. Remember that when God has to deal with us, his aim is to restore us to a place of obedience and joy
KEEP THINGS MOVING
Many children have short attention spans, so you need to be ready to move on to the next lesson step before children become bored with the current one. Participation and interactive learning are keys to fighting boredom.
Looking for a missing Teaching Aid or keeping your eyes glued to the manual are sure ways to lose the interest of the children. Make eye contact with every child throughout the lesson. Eye contact communicates worth and value to a child
ADJUST THE LESSONS TO YOUR CLASS
Shorten the lessons if you have younger students. Add enriching activities if you teach more mature or more knowledgeable children. Use curriculum options to fit your group.
ADJUSTING TO ABILITIES
Be attuned to the differing and changing academic skill abilities of your students, especially their reading levels. Keep in mind as you work in the At Home papers that the activities are designed to be a colorful, fun review of the lesson. Provide as much or as little help as each children requires so that everyone can be successful.
Create a positive classroom atmosphere by making a special effort to express appreciation to each child, such as:
1. I like your cheerful attitude
2. Thank you for being a willing helper
3. I am so glad that the Lord brought you here today
Let this emphasis on encouragement become a habit of the heart! Your loving example is the most effective teaching method you can use to communicate God’s truths to your class.
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