In Wednesday Sunday School I try to keep the class at a low boil all the time so the kids stay energized. There’s usually an urgency to getting fast answers to questions, and often a child will belt out a wrong answer that’s an excellent answer to a question I haven’t asked. When possible, I will shortly follow a wrong answer with a new question that affirms that wrong answer, like so:
“Somebody remind me what happened fifty days after Easter…the Ascension! No, that’s a good answer, though. C’mon, fifty days after Easter…umm, Pentecost! Yes.”
And we discuss whatever was in the lesson plan about Pentecost. Then:
“Hey, speaking of stuff after Easter, what happened after forty days? Jesus went to Heaven! Yes, which is called? The Ascension! Yes!”
“Who told the Israelites that God would let bad stuff happen to the Temple just like Shiloh? Isaiah! No, guess again. Samuel? Nope; this prophet also said to stop worshiping baby-eating false gods. Jeremiah! Yes! And who heard God call him three times? Samuel? There ya go. And who said a virgin would have a baby? Isaiah. Yes.”
I don’t have any empirical evidence (I don’t even have quizzes) but I almost can see the open circuits closing when the kids connect an old wrong answer to a new right question.
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