If I were asked to share three teaching tips, these would be my top three:
– Plan Ahead! Create a 6-month teaching calendar that has some sort of strategic thinking behind it! Our strategy is pretty simple, but it’s effective. We try to balance our teaching in three categories: 1) Bible education/doctrine 2) Junior High Life Skills and 3) Felt need.
– Pray It Up! Pray about what to teach, pray as you create your lesson, and pray while you are in the midst of it.
– Keep It Short And Simple! The only people who like long sermons are preachers. I have been teaching JH students for a long time, and I have NEVER heard a complaint that the lesson was too short. A short, easy-to-apply lesson is my goal every time I teach.
Obviously, some important aspects of teaching junior highers are missing in my list. How about you….what would make your “top 3 teaching tips”? Share them with the rest of us!