“The Bible is alive. It’s your job as a teacher not to kill it.”
– April Meacham and Teah McWhorter from bibleclassworkshop.com
What an interesting (and true) concept. The Bible is filled with all sorts of amazing stories. There are heroes and heroines. Kings and battles. Love. Loss. Betrayal. Unexpected triumphs and unbelievable miracles.
Our job as teachers (and we are all teachers) is to share these true accounts in a way that can relate to our audience.
I had the pleasure of spending the last 6 weeks learning ways to be more effective at teaching. Here is one of the ideas I was inspired by:
The time when students arrive in class until you start the lesson is often wasted time. The kids chat, exchange stories, giggle, and sometimes get themselves worked up so when the bell rings / class starts, you have to first get their attention.
Learning centers are Bible activities the kids can do from the moment they walk in the door. It gives them extra learning time and helps keep the focus on learning the entire time they are in class. If you finish a lesson early, learning centers can be used so there is no wasted time in class.
Below are a few of the learning centers we worked on. Feel free to download, print, and laminate for you own use. Each item is cut out separately and a velcro dot or magnet tape is placed on each piece so kids can “stick” the right answer to the question.
If you have questions on how these work or are interested in more, let us know!