Today’s #TeachingTipTuesday is GET THEM TALKING!
Encouraging and creating a safe environment for class participation is one of the most interesting facets of being a Sunday School Teacher/Facilitator. There are always varying personality types in class and you have a big job to engage them all. There’s the:
Know It All – Their ways are higher than everyone else’s ways…at least in their own minds. They want to impress everyone with their knowledge, skillset or experience. You have to manage this person. You don’t want them to dominate and squash the willingness of others to share and yet there can be value in their contribution. Be intentional in how you engage them while mindful not solely default to them.
Please Don’t Judge Me: Sunday School will at times open conversations for people to share from their own experiences or perhaps ways in which they connect with the lesson learnings. One great ground rule to set is “what happens in Sunday School stays in Sunday School,” It’s important to create a “Safe Environment.”
I’m Just Scared:Bible study forums often the cloud of intimidation in “knowing the Bible” as well as others. Back to the idea of creating a “Safe Environment”, it is necessary to establish that no one knows it all. No one is perfect. And there are no silly questions. Our classes are not the place of judgment. Create a space where bold moves in (relevant) sharing are celebrated, not tolerated or judged. This is where true growth can occur.
Pray and continually ask God to help you create an environment that is welcoming of participation, valuing of perspective and encourages the learning process!