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Jenny Smith is a designer who started blogging in 2004 to share lesson and activity ideas with members of her home branch Mississippi. Her collection has grown, and she now single-handedly manages the world's largest collection of free lesson help for LDS teachers with faceted search. Her library includes teaching techniques, object lessons, mini lessons, handouts, visual aids, and doctrinal mastery games categorized by scripture reference and gospel topic. Jenny loves tomatoes, Star Trek, and her family -- not necessarily in that order.
March 8, 2021
Filling your day

What you need: FULL clear glass of water Lots and lots of paper clips GENTLY and SLOWLY place paper clip by paper clip in the very full glass of water. Have your students watch as the glass gets fuller and fuller but never topples over and spills everywhere. Relate how this can sometimes be like […]

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February 27, 2021
Listen, Learn, and Love Resources for LDS LGBTQ+

Richard Ostler at Listen, Learn, and Love Podcast has amassed an incredible collection of resources for LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and their parents, leaders, and friends. Click on the links below to go straight to Richard's collection of ARTICLES BOOKS CRISIS EVENTS FACEBOOK GROUPS FAITH CHALLENGES LGBTQ GROUPS AT LDS COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES ORGANIZATIONS SPEAKERS […]

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February 27, 2021
How do I talk to LDS youth about LGBTQ+ issues?

Youth leaders often ask us how they should approach LGBTQ+ topics in a religious setting. Questions from the Closet sat down with Dave Smurthwaite to talk about his experience as a youth leader and how he ended up doing LGBTQ+ trainings with seminary teachers in Utah. Listen to Dave's experiences

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February 27, 2021
Leading Saints LGBT Virtual Summit

Leading Saints' Kurt Francom organized a fantastic virtual summit targeted at teachers and leaders in the LDS Church who want to understand and love LGBTQ+ students and their friends or family in LDS classrooms better. We simply can't recommend this summit enough. By listening to the summit, you'll find help with teaching the current positions […]

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March 16, 2020
Using Classroom Setup to Prevent Unwanted Behaviors

Sorry for the lag -- we've been coronavirused over here, same as you all. It's a bummer that nobody is interested in the videos now that classes are cancelled or moved online. I had 75 viewers of the first video, and three of the one I posted Thursday. I can't blame anyone -- it's just […]

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March 12, 2020
Preventing Unwanted Cell Phone Use During Your Lesson

Listen as I discuss ways of Preventing Unwanted Cell Phone Use During Class. I'll discuss teacher behavior, verbal and nonverbal coaching, active learning, and more! Active Learning Teaching Techniques - MOST IMPORTANT LINK HERE! Use these techniques to solve your most common classroom problems, like increasing participation or giving every person a turn. Each idea […]

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March 11, 2020
Effective Interventions for Preventing Unwanted Cellular Phone Use

Today I'm discussing what research shows are the most effective Interventions for Preventing Unwanted Cell Phone use in the LDS Classroom. I'm using data from my own (thus) unpublished survey of LDS Teaches and Berry and Westfall's 2015 study (citation below) for much of this report. Scroll down for a link to the Condie article […]

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March 10, 2020
Notes

First five respondents did not have a chance to complete the entire form (no traiing results. Cam Hansen Clark Pamela Brown To Ban or Not to Ban Did not make the point that negative restrictive damages rapport and credibility. May not have emphasized the important of credibility

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March 10, 2020
To Ban or Not to Ban? Video Training on Cellular Phone Policy Development

Completion of the pre-instruction surveys is required to access this video. If you haven't taken the survey, please do it now: Take the survey: Pre-Instruction Survey This video describes how to create a cellular phone policy that research shows will increase affective learning outcomes in your classroom. It includes lots of information you should consider […]

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December 3, 2019
Instructor's Manual, Section D: Physical Materials

Following are physical requirements for the Gospel Teacher Improvement Course: Classroom Management: Lesson 1: Identify a Subject Matter Expert Paper and pencil for each learner Lesson 2: Identify Situations that Require Classroom Management Internet access An internet-ready device for each learner Paper and pencil for each learner Lesson 3: Identify Classroom Management Techniques for Real-life […]

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