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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2000
|Dimensions: 10 X 7.50 (inches)|
Author: Cheryl Dunlop
Located in: Chicago IL
Submitted: July 14, 2000
Tell us a little about yourself. I live in Chicago and am a writer and editor. I graduated from Child Evangelism Fellowship Leadership Training Institute (CEFLTI) and received a B.A. in Communications from Moody Bible Institute. I have taught Sunday school and related church programs since 1980, with students ranging in age from four to twelve. I am a teacher in my church's weekday club program; have taught Sunday school for several years; have worked as a camp counselor of primary or junior age girls; developed, wrote curriculum for, and taught a club program for unchurched neighborhood children; and have taught childrens church and vacation Bible school. I have worked with classes of white children and with classes that are predominantly African-American.
What was your motivation behind this project? When I taught my first Sunday school class two decades ago, I was just a teenager. Yet nobody showed me how to teach, sat in on my class and critiqued me, or even suggested I sit in on another teachers class to observe for a few weeks before I started teaching. Several years later I enrolled in a semester-long training class halfway across the country because I desperately wanted the training that was not available in the churches where Id been teaching. It has continued to bother me that most churches act as though their teachers are highly trained professionals without giving them any training at all.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This book is intended as a way to bring teacher training right to the teacher. It has 52 short chapters (two to three pages each) for easy use during lesson preparation. Two questions at the end of each chapter encourage immediate application. I have attempted to cover a broad range of topics that the teacher of children needs to know (discipline, understanding what a Bible passage is teaching, communicating the Gospel, understanding todays children, using the power of story to teach, asking good questions, using visual aids, teaching disinterested kids, understanding children from minority cultures, etc.). It is useful for teachers in any church or parachurch program dealing with children between first and sixth grade. It is also set up for easy use by a church that wants to do semiformal teacher training. My themes? (a) Teaching is discipleship, and the good teacher will develop a purpose for teaching that goes beyond "making sure children enjoy Sunday school." (b) Christian teaching must be true to Scripture. (c) Relationships with students can often be more important than classroom time, because its in imitation of and interaction with godly adults that biblical truths are cemented and because relationships can last years beyond teaching time.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? In teaching: Child Evangelism Fellowship, particularly Edna Zuraw; my brother Ed, a full-time children's evangelist; New Tribes Mission curriculum; Ron Hutchcraft. Favorite authors include C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, Chaim Potok, and numerous poets. Bad question: I read about 50 books a year and have a lot of favorites.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Our children are the future of the church. It is urgent that we do everything we can to help them fall in love with God, Scripture, and the church. That's more important, though harder, than helping them like Sunday school.