The Middle Years Ministry

Formerly "The JH Uth Guy", THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors and Anyone Else Working in
the
Pivotal and Important 5th-9th Grade Years. The "Middle Years" are not children's ministry, not high school ministry, and are more than just Middle School. It is a unique and specialized ministry.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Quick Hint/Help #12 : "The 7 Minute Rule"

WANT TO KEEP YOUR STUDENTS ENGAGED AND LISTENING TO YOUR LESSON?  CONSIDER THE "7 MINUTE" RULE WHEN IT COMES TO PLANNING YOUR NEXT LESSON (*or Sermon)....
I know traditionally youth ministry lesson have a tendency to resemble a sermon/lecture more than they do other kinds of presentations.  Church is a setting for 20 minute plus sermons and that might work for the adults, but it really honestly doesn't work for your students...especially your MS/JH students.  

It is actually been researched (http://ctl.byu.edu/teaching-tips/helping-brain-learn) that young students brains are just not develop enough to keep the full focus that we would like them to have for a full lecture-style presentation.  Add on that they live in a media driven world with a YouTube video length attention span and when the actually do sit down a watch TV there is a commercial break every 5-7 minutes!?

You need to consider the "Seven Minute Rule".  You may have heard of this before or maybe you haven't but it is simply the idea that every 7 minutes or so you need to stop the sermon/lecture do something different or change it up.  In an academic setting this takes on various forms with seatwork, assignments or reading.   In our youth ministry setting it can be much more diverse and a bit more fun, either way as you plan your next lesson think about how you can change pace ever 7 minutes in order keep your students engaged, listening and learning.  

The second part of the Seven Minute Rule is that the first 7 minutes are the most important. They are the time period you will have the most attention and when students will choose whether or not they will listen fully the rest of the time.  It like the old "Hook-Look-Book-Took", the first 7 minutes are truly our "Hook" time.
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Additional Hint/Help: Suggestions for "Changing Pace"
- Classics: "sermon" illustration story, tell a personal story, tell a joke...
- Video/Media: clip from a movie, YouTube clip, pre-made video, or even a commercial... (*see Media Resources & Teaching Clips above)
- Questions: group survey response (*raise your hand if...), turn to the person next to you, think about...
- Handouts: create your own, pre-made one, or use a blank sheet for asking questions and reflecting 
- Funny: silly pictures, silly videos, silly skit...
- Game: quick trivia, upfront challenge, mid-lesson bonding icebreaker,....
- Use Your Imagination...Don't Bore Them! :-)


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