7 Simple Ways to Manage 25+ Students in an Adult Sunday School Lesson.

Let’s say you have a class size of 50+ students and you can’t use your natural voice to get all of them fully involved in the lesson. What strategies would you use?

In this blog post, I am going to share with you seven simple ways to manage a large class size in an adult Sunday school lesson.

But first, let’s examine some challenges of working with a large class size.

  •  You have a job to deal with students with wandering thoughts or those who seem to use their phones to read the Bible while they are busy chatting on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram.
  • Disengagement. It is easy for students to tune off when they can’t hear you, especially those at the back seats.
  • Large class size will require more resources or teaching aids.
  • Large class size will need more time to meet every student’s needs.

Here are 7 simple strategies to solve this problem:

  1. Repeat what the learner says so that other members of the class can listen and understand.
  2. Do not use a monotone voice. Vary the tone of your voice to capture learner’s attention. This solves the problem of interferences from neighbouring teachers.
  3. Invite the learners to repeat what you’ve said, or to restate it so you could be sure they are following up with you.
  4. Use visuals and hands-on activities as much as possible.
  5. Move and drift your body constantly as you deliver your lesson.
  6. Do not express gross dissatisfaction when learners cannot provide answers to your questions. 
  7. Break the class into small groups and assign a co-teacher. Most church premises have limited space to accommodate many small groups in a bible lesson.  Therefore, under such circumstances, an alternative strategy would be to work with a co-teacher.

Share with us in the comments below other strategies you can use to handle a large class size in a limited space environment.

Unto God’s Glory,

Go teach like a pro!
Shei Jini

Author: Jini, is a prolific author and founder of Teachersletters Publishing Services. As an award winning teacher with a Cambridge International School in Doaula, he has 13+ years of teaching experience in writing, student-centered learning, bible teachers training and educational leadership. He is consider as one of the best keynote speakers of his time.

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