In my Sunday School class, as a teacher, I was in charge of finding my own curriculum and classes. Before Pinterest this was hard. It usually meant crying in the corner of my room, begging God to reveal a way to teach a lesson. Even with Pinterest that has totally happened to me, what about you?
I have learned that Pinterest is a great place for full-blown lessons. It is also a great place to find crafts, stories, and experiments. I have even been lucky to find stories that break down the points of the lesson.
In the past few weeks, I have been talking about why you should have a teaching calendar. I even gave you 5 steps to planning your teaching calendar. Today let's look at Pinterest and how we can use this medium to put together your lesson plans.
If you really dig into Pinterest you know that it is a visual search engine. Much like searching in Google except with lots of images of crafts, recipes, and even articles.
So how does this all translate into planning your lesson plan? I find it best to create a board for the topics/themes for the quarter or the year.
Determine your theme or topic and then search for it on Pinterest.
Don't forget to Pray before you start.
James 1:5 reminds us that
So fear not and ask God for wisdom, and for God to reveal to you lesson ideas and bible verses. As your search Pinterest check to see:
What catches your eye?
What Bible Stories/Bible Verses do you notice?
Save the items that catch your eye to a special Pinterest board. If the pin has a free lesson behind it and you think it works with your goals and objectives then print the lesson.
When I'm teaching I like to have a binder with page protectors. I then place the printed lesson in page protectors (with a post-it note for the theme and when I plan to teach it). I put the pages front back so all I have to do is pull the pages out and my lesson is there.
Keep doing this until you have filled that theme/series of lessons. Then move on to the next set of lessons.
Need some Inspiration?
If you can't find a full-blown lesson and need to write your own lesson. Continue to pin blog posts, crafts, experiments, and other ideas for the stories and verses you want to use. Then check back here on the blog because I plan to discuss how to write your own lessons.
I hope you find Pinterest is a great place to curate lessons and help you build lesson plans.