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#53 – If It’s Too Comfortable, You’re Not Doing Something Right! (Tips For Large Group Teaching)

Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.

In this series, we’ve been through a ton of tips for improving and expanding your large group experience.  Some may seem very natural to you, and some of these ideas may make you very uncomfortable.  All of us are better at some things than others and find certain ideas more intimidating than others.  So, while it’s important to find the things that we are good at, it’s equally important to stretch ourselves and try things that are not in our comfort zone.

In order to take over the large group teaching portion of our lesson, I had to give up doing small groups on a regular basis.  Small groups were something that I loved and something I thought I was quite good at.  It came naturally to me.  I love talking to kids one-on-one and finding out what is going on in their lives.  I love building on the large group lesson and helping kids figure out specific ways to apply it to their own lives.  I had become very comfortable in the position of small group leader.  So, as cool as I thought doing the large group teaching would be, I was a little bit apprehensive to give up something I was so comfortable with.

In the end, it was that level of comfort that actually led me to swallow the bullet and start teaching the large group.  It was listening to a song by Matthew West called “The Motions” that finally convinced me that I needed to step out of my comfort zone.  The lyrics to the chorus of that song are:

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