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 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.

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