I've been teaching Tom's Bible Class while he's been away. Normally he teaches on Saturday and Sunday afternoons but I chose to just do the one Sunday afternoon so I can have a more restful Saturday. Working from home can be challenging in that, if you're not careful, you'll work 24/7. We have to force ourselves to get the rest we need. Tom is better at it than I am.
Anyway, to do something a little different, I made little cards with the names of the books of the Bible. I separated them according to New and Old Testaments and have been letting the students compete in trying to put the cards in order.
The team with the fastest time in organizing both Testaments gets a chocolate bar each, at the next class. This serves a few purposes. Only those who arrive at class within the 30 minute grace period get to take part in the game. Then, I only hand out the chocolate reward the following week.--If they don't show up, they forfeit their prize. This encourages attendance. Then, finally, they are all getting much better at knowing the books of the Bible. It's a win-win-win!
These past few months we've been teaching on the financial principles from the Bible. It causes us to challenge a lot of the cultural norms. It's been a very good class and I hope and pray it is making a real difference in our students' lives.
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