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Get to Know Kids as Individuals

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Author/Source: Karl Bastian

Topic: Kidology Theorem #48

Kidology Theorem #48 - Your large group audience is made up of individual children. Get to know them as such.


FISH for What Makes a Kid Unique, and You’ll Hook Them! 

We spend much of our time teaching large groups – but those groups are made of individual kids, and each of them is different and unique. When we take the time to get to know our children, we gain insights that will empower and enlighten our large group teaching and help us connect with our students better.

But getting kids to talk can be a challenge! “Yeah,” “Nah” or “Idunno,” seem to be kids go-to answers when we ask questions. The key to getting kids to talk is to avoid any question that can be answered with a “Yes” or “No.” Use phrases like, “Why do you think…?”

One secret is to get kids talking about themselves. Years ago, I came up with a mental tool I use to “F.I.S.H.” for information from a child. The letters of the word FISH remind me of four key categories I can go through in my mind as I chat with a child. Using the acronym “F.I.S.H.” you can learn a lot about a child, his world, and how to better minister to him.

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