dspiewak wrote:I have been placed in a very difficult situation of having to assist my local bhantes with their Sunday School class. Difficult for me, especially, because I am awkward in social situations, I have never been 100% comfortable with children, and I don't know much about the culture or language of the Sri Lankan families whose children make up the entirety of the class.
... I think I'm doing better with the older kids (who want to talk) than the younger ones (who mostly want to be talked to). I get that part of the purpose for this Sunday School is to give some cultural continuity to the younger generation, but I know I can contribute.
Ben has already given far better resources than I could, so I'll just address these two bits, from my background as a teacher. Suggestions:
* Remember that children are people and treat them as people, not as a foreign species.
* That said, most kids are nicer people than most adults. Enjoy their company.
* Your own genuineness is the key to working with them. If you hide behind a role or fake persona, they'll know and they won't trust you.
...and just from the teaching point of view,
* Young children need quicker turnover of activities than older ones, but you can always keep going as long as they're still tuned in.
Hope this helps,