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Successful Lesson Planning Made Easy


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practical steps that teachers can take in a children's ministries setting to successfully plan lessons using the curriculum they are using. This workshop is not curriculum-dependent. Rather, the concepts discussed can be employed using any curriculum.

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Successful Lesson Planning Made Easy

  1. 1. “ Successful Lesson Planning Made Easy”
  2. 2. <ul><li>This online workshop isn’t designed for any specific class or age-group. Rather, it is a general overview to help any teacher develop for successful lesson planning and implement this strategy in their own lesson planning </li></ul>
  3. 3. Understanding your students <ul><li>The preschool classroom </li></ul><ul><li>The elementary classroom </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Preschool Classroom <ul><li>4 categories of student characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional & Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Physical Characteristics <ul><li>Young children have high physical needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Spend extra time responding to physical needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Large muscles work best. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children have limited fine muscles. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children want to play all the time. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Emotional & Social <ul><li>Children have stranger anxiety. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children need to be affirmed. </li></ul><ul><li>Compliment good behavior twice as often as you redirect negative behavior. </li></ul><ul><li>Preschoolers are more emotional when hungry or tired. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children like playing in groups. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mental <ul><li>Young children learn through their senses. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children are egocentric. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children have short attention spans. *1 min. for each year of age </li></ul><ul><li>Young children think literally. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children are imitators. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children forget easily. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Spiritual <ul><li>Young children are loving. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children like to worship. </li></ul><ul><li>Young children understand salvation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*85% of a person’s basic personality is formed by the 5 th year of life </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The Elementary Classroom <ul><li>4 categories of student characteristics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional & Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Physical <ul><li>Like to move </li></ul><ul><li>Developing fine motor skills </li></ul><ul><li>Boys & girls are at different developmental stages </li></ul>
  11. 11. Emotional & Social <ul><li>Developing independence </li></ul><ul><li>Capable of deep feelings of love </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a social conscience </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for role-models </li></ul><ul><li>Concerned about other’s feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Starting to notice opposite sex </li></ul><ul><li>Like to act grown-up </li></ul>
  12. 12. Mental <ul><li>Self-critical </li></ul><ul><li>Set high standards </li></ul><ul><li>Have longer attention spans </li></ul><ul><li>Stay self-motivated </li></ul><ul><li>Capable of abstract thought </li></ul><ul><li>Media-savy </li></ul><ul><li>Natural gifts begin to blossom </li></ul>
  13. 13. Spiritual <ul><li>Many accept Christ and receive baptism in Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in deeper worship experience </li></ul><ul><li>Need to feel that they have a part in the congregation </li></ul><ul><li>Aware that they need to seek God </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Count-down is on! <ul><li>Start early! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“A little a day keeps panic away” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow God time to reveal His creative ideas in you </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Planning Guide A__________ Y__________ D__________ Daily planning
  16. 16. Daily Planning Steps <ul><li>1 week before </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note the title, subject, objective, & memory verse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the lesson overview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skim the Bible story headings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look through the student items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locate any items needed for the lesson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin praying for God to give you His creativity </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Daily Planning Steps <ul><li>5 days prior (Tues. or Wed.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read Bible verses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at lesson objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the Bible lesson </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Daily Planning Steps <ul><li>4 days prior (Wed. or Thurs.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin lesson planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan your lesson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose an opening activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose how you will present the Bible study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose how you will teach the memory verse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide how you will close class time </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Daily Planning Steps <ul><li>1-3 days prior (Fri. or Sat.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect supplies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review and fine-tuning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Daily Planning Steps <ul><li>1-3 days prior (Fri. or Sat.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrive early </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make the room comfortable </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Planning Guide A__________ Y__________ D__________ Daily planning Daily planning Activities Yourself Activities
  22. 22. Survival Tips for Busy Teachers <ul><li>Leave your book out in the open </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a “to do, to get” list </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively use your “think time” </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare materials, crafts, etc. in advance on a “day off” </li></ul>
  23. 23. References <ul><li>Barna, G. (2003). Transforming children into spiritual champions. Ventura, CA: Issachar Resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Gruber, D. (1993) Focus on children: A handbook for teachers. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House. </li></ul>