Intentional Teaching

Though written to parents, Deuteronomy 6:5-9 provides some principles teachers of children’s classes can apply to their teaching.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.

Principles:

  1. Teaching children to love God with their whole being must be intentional.
  2. To teach intentionally, parents and teachers must be living intentionally themselves.
  3. Intentional teaching means looking for teachable moments in all you do.

Practical outworking:

  • making play purposeful, not merely a time filler
  • guiding conversations before, during, and after class so God is brought into even the ordinary
  • viewing time with children as opportunity to disciple them, not merely babysit or get through a lesson
  • modeling what is being taught by both actions and attitudes in and out of the classroom

Are you helping your teachers understand God’s desire for intentional teaching?  Clicking on links in the practical outworking list above will take you to worksheets that will help teachers be more intentional in those areas.

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