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Usually if the kids are bored it's because the teacher is boring. Engaged students pay attention.

  1. Ask them to repeat what you just said.
  2. Show a short video.
  3. Have them get up and move.
  4. Have them make something related to the lesson.
  5. Remove distractions.
  6. Place kids in groups and let them talk about a question.
  7. Let them make up the classroom rules.
  8. Play a game.
  9. Create an incentive or reward for listening.
  10. Take them outside of the classroom to a different location for a change.
  11. Let them help teach the lesson.
  12. Have a motion or signal they repeat after you.

Usually if the kids are bored it’s because the teacher is bored.  Engaged students pay attention.

What are some other things you do to help kids pay attention?  Share your ideas with us in the comment section below.  

Dale Hudson Dale Hudson has served in children and family ministry for over 24 years. He is the Director of Children’s Ministries at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Florida. He was recently named one of the Top 20 Influencers in Children’s Ministry. He is the co-author of four ministry books, including Turbocharged: 100 Simple Secrets to Successful Children’s Ministry.

More from Dale Hudson or visit Dale at http://www.relevantchildrensministry.com

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  • GODSFINGER

    SOME OTHER WAYS TO GAIN CHILDREN’S ATTENTION ALSO INCLUDE:

    1. ENGAGE THEM IN SINGING CHILDREN SONGS ONE BY ONE EACH AS TO KNOW THE BEST AMONG THEM.

    2. ENGAGE THEM IN A VERY INTERESTING STORY BOTH BIBLE AND CIRCULAR STORIES WITH DEMONSTRATION, THAT IS ACTION STORIES.

    3. ASK THEM TO NARRATE THE BEST HOLIDAY EVER SPENT AND WHERE THEY WISH TO SPEND THE NEXT HOLIDAY.

    4. ENGAGE THEM IN A TALK ON WHAT THEY LOVE BEST,

    5. AFTER SOME DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CHILDREN TAKE TIME TO SET WRITTEN TEST WITH PRIZES ATTACHED TO IT.

    6. ELECT LEADERS OR EXECUTIVES AMONG THEM WITH ASSIGNMENT OF DUTIES.

    7. ALWAYS REPORT TO THEIR PARENTS ON EACH CHILD PERFORMANCE.

    8. ALWAYS HAVE A GOAL FOR THE CHILDREN.

    9. FINE A VERY BEFITTING SWEAT AND MEANINGFUL NAME BASED ON THEIR PERFORMANCE: (LIKE: SOLOMON THE WISE MAN., DAVID A BRAVE LEADER, ETC.) ALWAYS DO THIS ON EACH DAY LESSON AS TO CROWN THE NAME FOR THE DAY.

    THANKS AND GOD BLESS.

  • GODSFINGER

    I SO MUCH LOVE EVERY THING ABOUT CHILDREN, BUT WILL NEED A GUIDE FROM YOU AS TO THE BEST KILLS IN TEACHING. EVEN MATERIAL AND SOME VISUAL AIDS, BOOKS THAT WILL HELP ME PERFORM BEST AMONG OTHERS. PLEASE I NEED YOUR RELY URGENTLY.