Engaging Disability Director, Ashley Belknap, and Associate Director, Joel Wallace, are looking forward to being part of this conference.
Join Ashley as she presents the following workshop:
All Together: Teaching the Bible to Children of All Abilities and Learning Styles. We want all our children to learn God’s Word and grow in their understanding of who God is and what He has done for us through the gospel. How can teachers simultaneously and effectively address a wide range of learning needs in the classroom? And without spending hours prepping? This workshop will focus on strategies for the whole classroom: how to read and effectively reinforce the Bible story, methods for breaking down content, and ways to stretch attention spans. You will walk away with the tools you need to figure out how your children learn and how to teach the Bible to students of all levels of ability in the same classroom without “dumbing down” content and compromising what our children need most, God’s Word.
Join Joel as he presents the following workshop:
Ministering to the Whole Family. Families touched by disability experience unique challenges and opportunities. We will look at these as we explore ways to foster spiritual, emotional and relational growth for the child and ways to help parents and siblings be able to worship and grow through various ministries of the church. We often think of ministry to the family as primarily about meeting their needs,. We’ll look not only at how families living with disability need the church, but how we need them.
Ashley and Joel will present the following workshop together:
Classroom Management: A Gospel-Centered Understanding of Behavior. Our goal in Children’s Ministry is the effective discipleship of all our children. Yet managing a classroom with challenging behaviors can take away teaching time from the rest of the class. This workshop will challenge the way you think about behavior and how behavior is shaped and changed. True, almost every child presents challenging behavior from time to time, but for those wanting to understand the kids who have considerable difficulty being relaxed and engaged learners, this workshop is for you. At the heart of our discussion will be understanding what behaviors communicate and how we can positively support children with challenging behaviors so that they are better understood, enfolded into the classroom, and as a result, better able to learn the content of Scripture.
If you are interested in a special needs ministry consultation on Friday before the main conference, Ashley and Joel will be available. Be sure to include that in your registration.