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But why not just let
sleeping dogs lie?
It can
disinvite
the Spirit.
At first, class
members will
be irritated
with the
problem
person.
And then,
they will
point the
finger
at you.
Class members can
begin to tune out.
It’s hard to
teach when
you feel like
you’re in the
crosshairs.
What are
common
problems
teachers
can
expect to
see?
real
fake
You know, the
ones waaaaaay
out here
Image courtesy of kevinalanlamb.com
Fixing it
takes more
than a wish
on a
dandelion.
Preparation is the
bread and butter of
handling all of these issues.
An engaging,
well-designed,
balanced
learning
experience is
the best
defense.
Don’t make people wonder how
the class is going to go.
If you want people
to raise their hands,
tell them.
Even the length of
responses is in your hands.
“Let’s see
how many
responses we
can get in a
minute.”
“Let’s keep
responses to
less than
30 seconds
or so.”
Let’s take a closer look at our 5
specific problems.
Image Credit: Missy Saunders
Teacher
Individual
class
member
Content
Class as
a whole
get to the heart of
why they are
dominating the
conversation
What is
their
need?
Do they crave
attention?
Are they
trying to fill
awkward
space?
Are they trying to
make up for our
inadequacies?
{ouch}
Get outside
real
fake
(not everything is worth addressing, and
some things aren’t worth addressing in
front of everyone)
Ask them to clarify
what they mean.
{sometimes it’s not as
crazy as it sounds}
“Hmmm, can you
find the source for
that for next week?”
“What else have you read about this?”
Don’t get bogged down in it
{because it’s not helping}
You know, the
ones waaaaaay
out here
Image courtesy of kevinalanlamb.com
“That will be a
crucial idea in a
coming lesson.
Please remind
me of that
when it comes
up again.”
When I wink
at you, it’s
time to stop.
No, really.
Make sure
everyone
knows the
goal is this:
Not a series
of mini-
lectures…
It locks out the Spirit.
When you feel
the Spirit shift, it is
your duty to bring
it back to class.
No matter what.
Dear Spirit,
Please come back…
“No point or opinion is
as vital as keeping the
Spirit in the class. Let’s
move on to a different
topic in order to
preser...
To recapture the
Spirit, use music.
Tell a
story.
Or even say a prayer.
SatchelPaige-FlickrCreativeCommons
get to the heart of
why they are not
participating in
the conversation
Are we allowing overparticipators
to shut people down?
Do we call on
the same
people over
and over?
Is speaking in
class out of
their comfort
zone?
Do they feel they have
nothing to contribute?
Are they unprepared?
Are they electronically
distracted?
Are we lecturing & only the
boldest feel they can chime in?
You have to find
the why before
you can find the
right intervention
(if one is needed).
Evaluate which issues
you’re having
Decide on a few
strategies to try.
Pray about your
decision.
Make a plan.
Set your
expectations.
Repeat.
The Master Teacher
is fully invested in your
having a successful class,
and He will help you.
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes
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Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes

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Although this is designed for a religious education environment, the principles are the same in a secular setting as well. Find out the five types of people shutting down conversation in your class and discover the tips you need to fix it.

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Handling 5 Common Problems in Church Classes

  1. 1. But why not just let sleeping dogs lie?
  2. 2. It can disinvite the Spirit.
  3. 3. At first, class members will be irritated with the problem person.
  4. 4. And then, they will point the finger at you.
  5. 5. Class members can begin to tune out.
  6. 6. It’s hard to teach when you feel like you’re in the crosshairs.
  7. 7. What are common problems teachers can expect to see?
  8. 8. real fake
  9. 9. You know, the ones waaaaaay out here Image courtesy of kevinalanlamb.com
  10. 10. Fixing it takes more than a wish on a dandelion.
  11. 11. Preparation is the bread and butter of handling all of these issues.
  12. 12. An engaging, well-designed, balanced learning experience is the best defense.
  13. 13. Don’t make people wonder how the class is going to go.
  14. 14. If you want people to raise their hands, tell them.
  15. 15. Even the length of responses is in your hands.
  16. 16. “Let’s see how many responses we can get in a minute.”
  17. 17. “Let’s keep responses to less than 30 seconds or so.”
  18. 18. Let’s take a closer look at our 5 specific problems.
  19. 19. Image Credit: Missy Saunders
  20. 20. Teacher Individual class member Content Class as a whole
  21. 21. get to the heart of why they are dominating the conversation
  22. 22. What is their need?
  23. 23. Do they crave attention?
  24. 24. Are they trying to fill awkward space?
  25. 25. Are they trying to make up for our inadequacies? {ouch}
  26. 26. Get outside
  27. 27. real fake
  28. 28. (not everything is worth addressing, and some things aren’t worth addressing in front of everyone)
  29. 29. Ask them to clarify what they mean. {sometimes it’s not as crazy as it sounds}
  30. 30. “Hmmm, can you find the source for that for next week?”
  31. 31. “What else have you read about this?”
  32. 32. Don’t get bogged down in it {because it’s not helping}
  33. 33. You know, the ones waaaaaay out here Image courtesy of kevinalanlamb.com
  34. 34. “That will be a crucial idea in a coming lesson. Please remind me of that when it comes up again.”
  35. 35. When I wink at you, it’s time to stop. No, really.
  36. 36. Make sure everyone knows the goal is this:
  37. 37. Not a series of mini- lectures…
  38. 38. It locks out the Spirit.
  39. 39. When you feel the Spirit shift, it is your duty to bring it back to class. No matter what.
  40. 40. Dear Spirit, Please come back…
  41. 41. “No point or opinion is as vital as keeping the Spirit in the class. Let’s move on to a different topic in order to preserve the Spirit.”
  42. 42. To recapture the Spirit, use music.
  43. 43. Tell a story.
  44. 44. Or even say a prayer. SatchelPaige-FlickrCreativeCommons
  45. 45. get to the heart of why they are not participating in the conversation
  46. 46. Are we allowing overparticipators to shut people down?
  47. 47. Do we call on the same people over and over?
  48. 48. Is speaking in class out of their comfort zone?
  49. 49. Do they feel they have nothing to contribute?
  50. 50. Are they unprepared?
  51. 51. Are they electronically distracted?
  52. 52. Are we lecturing & only the boldest feel they can chime in?
  53. 53. You have to find the why before you can find the right intervention (if one is needed).
  54. 54. Evaluate which issues you’re having
  55. 55. Decide on a few strategies to try.
  56. 56. Pray about your decision.
  57. 57. Make a plan.
  58. 58. Set your expectations.
  59. 59. Repeat.
  60. 60. The Master Teacher is fully invested in your having a successful class, and He will help you.

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