This article is more interesting research on Generation Y and how they think and do things. We have to keep information new and alive for the interests of Generation Y.
As students are enrolled in courses and preparing for their career choices, are colleges and high schools preparing them for the workforce? Are they learning appropriate workforce skills, ethics, and professionalism? One of the future trends in education is to investigate how to better prepare students to successfully enter the workforce and be exposed to …View full post
With the technology interests of the younger generation, education is forced to keep up with the culture and develop courses and educational settings in regards to technology. Of the list of trends, there are two that are important to the future and direction of education: mobility and social networking. Students are no longer impressed and …View full post
Many educators experiment with different methods of educating and teaching preschool students. They try multiple methods from hands-on activities to worksheets to video games and television. Young students learn in as many ways as there are learning methods and styles. In 1966, a group of friends discussed if television could be used to educate children …View full post
The trend of changing life cycles as the population ages must focus on whose responsibility it is to teach work and training ethics. Colleges teach education material to prepare students for each field; however, they lack in teaching them work skills. As colleges prepare individuals, preparation for work is divided between education and training (Yankelovish, …View full post
“We wear the mask that grins and lies; it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes. It is time to take off the mask” (Bruner, 2008). There are many times and situations in which educators feel they cannot show their true selves or true personalities for fear of being vulnerable. When educators remove the masks …View full post
For years we’ve been titling generational people groups. We’ve had Baby Boomers (born 1943-1960), Generation X (born early 1960′s-early 1980′s), then Millennials (born late 1970′s-2000′s), sometimes called Generation Y. They are the Facebook and MySpace generation, but according to this article in the Washington Post, this generation doesn’t like titles and doesn’t really know where they fit in so some of them have titled themselves as generation Nintendo.
Churches, children’s & youth ministries, and classrooms must recognize that Millennials/Generation Y want to be interactive. We must design our worship settings around experiences in which each individual can be involved. The teacher is the facilitator and the students are the teacher-learners. The facilitator-teacher offers the curriculum and gives the directions and the students learn by doing and participating.
In churches we can teach using video and media techniques then offer interactive games to reinforce the message. These games may look like active play time but the lesson is being reinforced and taught again through interactive play. In classrooms we can offer learning centers of various forms to teach concepts and skills for children to participate in the learning process. It looks like play time but they are learning valuable skills through play.
So you have a newsletter or brochure or flyer to get out about an event, but you’ve used the same old design over and over. You want this one to be different so people will take notice and it won’t end up on the floor of the car.
Start with using a different font to grab attention … Design your own font … Fontstruct.
On this July 4th weekend we pause to remember our American freedom. We fly the American flag. We wear the American colors red, white, and blue. We watch fireworks. Some of us eat American food: hotdogs and apple pie. Some of us drive Chevrolets.
May we all remember that we are created by God and loved by Him. We can enjoy freedom in Christ. He is our Father who loves and cares for us everyday.
When church attendance is extremely low, small churches ministers sometimes wonder if what they are doing is working and if they are sharing Christ’s love to others. We plan and study and coordinate lessons and activities. When the weekend rolls around, we have low numbers show up. Discouraging …but we must remember, it’s not the numbers …it’s the people. They need Jesus’ message and our love. Read the following excerpt from the interview…
Here is an excerpt from an interview with the Veggie Tales creator: For the full interview, follow this link…
What advice would you have for a little church with zero budget that wanted to be more relevant for kids in the media/information age?
Focus on the things you can do that Nickelodeon and Disney can’t. You can tell a story – with eye contact and audience participation. You can hug. You can take kids on adventures outside – parks, pools, etc. You can make things together. Never assume that because kids sit in front of a screen at home, they should sit in front of a screen at church. Get up and move around. Sing. Years from now, those kids won’t remember what shows they watched or what video games they played. But they’ll remember the church worker that loved them.
What is one word of encouragement you would give to everyday children’s ministry volunteers?
A smiling face and ready hug is worth more than a 50? plasma and an X-Box. Never forget that.