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Chalk for Everyone

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Pose a question, and then hand several students a piece of chalk with an invitation to write their answers up on the board. Other students can line up for a turn when they are ready to respond, or students may hand off the chalk to others in the class for responses. The best questions for this exercises are broad with short answers, like "What are some of the biggest myths about repentance?" With a this variety of statements, the teacher can choose a few to expand and emphasize. For example, if one student wrote "It's easy," the teacher would say "Tell me more about what you mean when you say that it's a myth that repentance is easy."

Adapted from Becoming a Great Gospel Teacher, Eaton and Beeche

Great forLesson opener, Encouraging student participation, Giving every person a turn, Eliciting thoughtful responses, Helping shy students participate

Class size: Any class size

Helps Students: SEARCH the scriptures or text, SHARE feelings, thoughts, or personal experiences

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Student Age: Any age

Equipment needed: chalk and chalkboard

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