December 05 2009

Unblock the Talk

Getting teens to talk in Sabbath School-about the lesson, that is-can be tough. Many times teens haven't formed opinions about the material, or worse yet, they certainly don't want to share them in a high-pressure environment. Here are a few ways to get your teens talking and sharing.

1. Look for opportunities to keep the conversation peer-centered. Look for opportunities to have the teens break up into pairs or small groups where they can talk together and come up with responses.

2. Keep discussions fairly brief, unless the teens take hold of a topic and seek more interaction time.

3. Once students begin sharing, someone will likely say something wrong or slightly embarrasing, etc. Correct these errors in a general way. Avoid drawing attention to the individual students, if possible.