I teach a Sunday school class every week. Eight and nine year olds. A very fun age. They're smart, love God, and are very wiggly and chatty. Especially this time. Not sure what was up. The gremlins must have been out. I've raised two kids and am an old "war horse" at this. First, I must say I love these children. Every single one. I was well-prepared, but still had to pull out my arsenal of strategies. I used my "whisper voice" to get their attention, called on them by name, asked lots of pointed questions, moved in closer so I could look them in the eye to grasp their attention, had lots of visual aids and got them active in participating. All of this really helped, but the chatfest never completely ended. By the end of the lesson time, I know I got several key points across to the kids, but I came home feeling as though I'd just wrestled a flock of alligators. Some Sundays are just exhausting like that. I have no doubt next week will be better. It always is. :)
Have you ever prepared and then gone forward to give a lesson or other presentation to a group of people and come away feeling as though no one absorbed or appreciated what you had tried to do? Maybe even your own family members. What are some strategies you use? How do you buoy yourself up for the next time? I have my own arsenal of things I can do, but I'm always open to learning new things. I'd love to hear your ideas.
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