1) Classroom Disruptions
I am honored to have led a Bible Club in a public school for 10 years now. We have had an average of 75-80 kids in the 6 week long club that meets twice a year. Over a decade of programming 2 themes a year, the most effective behavior help we have are nametags!
Each child receives and wears a nametag upon entering the Great Adventure Club snack area. Their name is printed in pretty large letters. (We actually print ours from the computer. First name is larger and last name small. This also helps us learn the names and enables other leaders and myself to refer to kids by name.
As I teach, it is very easy to direct a question about the lesson to a child in disruptive behavior - for instance, "Bobby, have you ever been frightened?" Bobby (usually) quickly quiets down, and engages in the conversation.
Many kids have questions directed to them by using the nametags so this doesn't really draw attention to the misbehavior that I have seen going on.
If the offence is a bit more disruptive I will often ask the child to assist me by holding a sign, or even as simple as holding my Bible while I read. Again, I try to use several children during the lesson that are also on good behavior, so this again, is not seen as a way to manipulate the leader. Most of the time, the chatty child is just wanting a little extra attention.
However, there is at times an annoying disturbance. In this case, another small group leader quietly separates and escorts the child to a specific person that talks with them. (This is usually my husband - a/k/a - Snack Man).
We have found that if he gives them a paper and pencil and asks them to draw him a picture, they will soon engage with him about problems that are bothering him. There are times that the kids share things going on in their lives that break our hearts but these "set apart" moments give us a basis on understanding the child, a way to pray for them, and an outlet for the child to get the attention they need. A prayer with them to obey and reminder to behave and obey - and a few minutes later - they are back on good behavior. Sometimes they do want to stay with "Snack Man" till the rotation they are in at the time, ends. That is not a problem.
The nametags also serve as help for the kids to receive a special perk. Each club meeting, there is an object lesson prize that serves to help to remember the lesson. The prize is very inexpensive - even as small as a sticker at times.
The kids can only claim their prize if they have their nametags on their shirts, in the proper place, when they line up and prepare to go home. The object prize is interwoven into the lesson and also in a review in the final rotation of praise and worship before they leave.
The nametags are collected by the group leaders as they give the kids their object prize. The nametags then become a prayer reminder for the leaders, so they can remember to pray for the kids during the week.
We make new nametags every week. They are the peel and stick labels.
For 99.99% of the time we have club - the Nametags work great!
Great Adventure Club Leader