As the height of the basketball season begins fans are making their predictions for the 2018 tournament. And teachers everywhere are trying to figure out what they are going to teach next Sunday! If we’re honest, lesson prep could be a whole lot easier if we plan ahead. So, quit procrastinating, and check out these ways to streamline prep time! You may even end up with a few extra hours for watching some ball games (or whatever else you enjoy!).
1. Plan for some planning!
Yes, you need to literally “plan to plan”.
Set a specific time in which you will sit down and figure out what subjects you are going to teach the entire year (or at least for the next few months).
Doing this one time is a lot easier than having to struggle every Saturday night, trying to think of what to teach in Sunday School the next morning.
2. Use a ready-made curriculum.
This is hands-down the easiest way to cut down on prep time, because most of the work is done for you. All the lessons are pre-written, and many curriculums come as yearly or quarterly sets, so you’ll always know what you’re going to teach ahead of time.
Find a curriculum that includes games and activities as well, so that the only thing you’ll need to worry about is gathering a few materials! Make sure you choose a Sunday School curriculum wisely, because the difference between a bored, checked-out class and an engaged, interested one is almost always the curriculum used.
3. Share resources and tips with other teachers.
Talk to other teachers to find out what has worked for them.
Got an awesome object lesson that had your students on the edge of their seats last Sunday?
Did you find a helpful YouTube channel or curriculum site? Share it! The more you share your own ideas, the more likely your Sunday School colleagues will be to share theirs.
4. Allow your helpers to actually help— Delegate!
Don’t do everything yourself— or you’ll never have time to watch another basketball game again! That’s what Sunday School helpers are for.
If you’ve got a lot of cutting to do to prepare for a craft, don’t sit up all night chopping away at little paper stars until your hand feels like you’ve been carrying around a bowling ball all day. Divide the work among your helpers.
If you don’t have any, enlist the help of family members or even older students who are willing to help.
5. Invest in re-usable material.
You can save a lot of time just by investing in reusables. For example, instead of drawing a new rewards chart on a poster board every month, buy one that can be used with dry-erase markers, or one with plastic pockets. These will last much longer and will end up saving you both time and money. If you make visuals or decorations by hand, laminate them so that they last longer.
6. Get going!
Here’s the best, and yet most cliche advice anyone can give you— don’t procrastinate! Start planning NOW. Need some ideas/inspiration? Here are a few links to get you started: