Growing as a Teacher
Now that we have looked at the importance of children and their characteristics, we need now to look at the teacher. A teacher is defined as one who gives instruction in Bible truths. So that with the help and direction of the Holy Spirit, children will be stirred to accept Jesus as their Saviour, and then learn how to live for Jesus, grow spiritually, and able please Him all their lives. The teacher teaches that the Bible is the true Word of God and our guide to:
The Teacher's Calling:
God places a calling on our lives to become a teacher, and gives us a special purpose to win children for the Kingdom of God. Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:9 that Jesus has:
"Saved us and called us with a holy calling,
"Take heed to your self (watch your life, teaching and beliefs).
"And the things that you have heard me say in the presence of many
The Teacher's Commission:
Matthew 28:19-20 spells out the teacher's commission:
"Therefore Go and make Disciples of all nations,
The Teacher's Commitment:
The teacher's commitment is to "Keep it Simple and Keep it Fun". If you do this, then you and the children will both enjoy lessons and activities together.
You must be willing to get down to the child's level and speak that special language called "Childrenese"! Above all, you must love your children.
Study the Word of God so that you will grow spiritually. Pray for your children's Salvation and spiritual growth. Ask God to develop your imagination and creativity, and then strive to develop these talents. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
The Teacher's Growth:
After we become Saved and learn to know Jesus as Lord and Friend, we come to the place where God trains us and then sends us out to win others, and who in turn can win others, and so start the cycle again. John 14:26 shows that this is by the leading of the Holy Spirit:
"But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name,
The Teacher's Preparation:
Romans 12:1-8 encourages teachers to perfect their teaching. To do this, the most important needs for a teacher are Preparation, Power and Prayer. This takes care of the lesson, but more importantly also the teacher! Remember:
First the Teacher must - Get the Lesson,
The Teacher's Vision and Goals:
What do you know about the children in your Class? Have you ever visited them and found out what they like to do? How do they live? What are their home circumstances?
Visiting and getting to know your children is the best way of bonding with them. You will soon come to love them and they will learn to love you too. Understanding them will help you to motivate them and find things that will interest them. You will know what their spiritual needs are, and how to pray for them. This will also direct your lesson plans.
Once again, remember:
First I learned to love my Teacher,
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