Just so you know – this is not meant to step on toes but it might. Mine are right there being smashed along side another others I hit. But, I think this bear repeating.
Kids Can Do It.
We Should Let Them.
I have recently been privileged to be a part of some opportunities for kids to grow and show off their skills in various media outlets – Power Point presentations, video presentations, audio statements, and written articles. And puppet shows are coming up. I think these are amazing opportunities for the students to study and learn and grow. Especially when it comes to showcasing their love for God, which is what these specifically were about.
I was somewhat heartbroken, though. It was abundantly clear which students were doing their own work and which were not. When a student was presenting something they had worked hard on, it might not have been perfect but you could see their hearts in it. Knowing how hard my girls have worked on similar projects, I know how much growth occurs when a child has to struggle to meet rigid standards and guidelines and still get across what they so desperately want others to know about God.
So this is just an encouragement to you, whoever you are and in whatever way you might work with students:
Let them do it.
Yes, guide them. But don’t write that script for them. Don’t create their props. Don’t dictate what they should say. Don’t solve that math problem for them. Guide them through the struggle to put down on paper or to show on video what it is that they want to get across.
Let them do it.
Help them. Certainly.
But please, let them do the majority of the work. They will learn so much more and the lessons are so invaluable. They will not always have the benefit of your guidance right beside them. So apply this wherever you need it: guide, don’t do.