We live in a great time for teachers of any subject. The internet has brought a wealth of activities, visuals, songs, etc into our home at a moment’s notice. I often hear people say that their Bible classes were so inadequate when they were growing up. They complain that the walls were not beautifully decorated, there were no laminated, full-color take home projects. The implication is that the teachers “back then” were not good teachers and were not even trying to be good teachers. That is not true. While there were probably some teachers that did not put much effort (just as there are some today), I’m sure that most teachers did their best with what they had. I remember my mother would spend lots of time working on teaching her Bible class when I was younger.
We have so many advantages: computers, color copiers, laminating machines, fully stocked resource rooms. We are able to produce professional looking activities and projects, decorate our rooms with life size characters or create a creation scene that makes the kids’ jaws drop. With all these tools at our hands, we must be careful how we use them. Does the decor we’re using in our room aid the children to understand the lesson better or does it just impress the parents and the teacher next door. We need to remember that the Bible is our focus and presenting the lesson is our focus. Sometimes, I’m afraid our classrooms and our methods of teaching can be more of a distraction than an aid.
This is not to say that we should go back to bare walls and boring lesson books. We need to prioritize our teaching tasks and make sure that everything we present to our children helps them to learn about God and His plan. I hope to present some ideas and suggestions that will encourage and motivate you to do just that in this section of my website. Below are the links to the articles or posts in this section.