Great For: Avoiding Disruptions

Avoid disruptions during your class with these helpful teaching techniques.

November 9, 2018
SLAMM

I used this acronym as my "classroom rules" for Seminary.  They are Thou Shalts, instead of Thou Shalt Nots.  I find this creates a positive atmosphere in the classroom, where I'm asking them to behave a certain way as opposed to constantly telling students to stop, stop, stop.  SLAMM Stands for  Sit up Look at […]

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September 10, 2015
Primary Classroom: Difficult Behaviors and Positive Reinforcement

Please note that these ideas are not for disciplining your class but to only encourage participation and positive reinforcements when they make good choices.-While teaching, walk over to child and just lightly squeeze/tap their shoulder, they will know...

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December 11, 2014
What Stuck With You?

By Susie Waalkes Kershaw  I thought I would share how our class is doing the "what stuck with you" idea. We have our own "sacred grove" and every Friday they add a leaf on what they learned that week.53  Jeanette Brooks. We do the "what stuck with you" idea also. It so neat to look back […]

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October 6, 2014
The 5 Minute Lecture

By Scott Knecht One night in graduate school I went to the opening session of a new class. It was a bit of a different schedule - 2 nights a week for 4 hours per night for 4 weeks - so I had to get mentally prepared to endure the length each night. Little did […]

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September 17, 2014
Red Card

From Jamon C: This is a little bit like a nuclear weapon .... I have 5 active seminary students, so this works better in small environment. I had a college professor give every student a red card and if they wanted to take over the class for 20 minutes they can (as long as gospel […]

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September 11, 2014
Between the Prayers

If you're struggling with students getting into sidebar or off-topic conversations during your lesson, you may try teaching them this phrase that has worked for me: "between the prayers". The concept is that once we've said the opening prayer, our time has been consecrated for the worship of God. We focus on the lesson at […]

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December 31, 2012
Jesus and Disruptive Questions

In Luke 10:25-37, we find a lawyer trying to trip up the Savior with his disruptive questions and justify himself in sin: And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He [Christ] said unto him [the lawyer], What is written in the law? […]

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December 31, 2012
Interrupting or Know-It-All Student

"What do you do when you have a student who answers all the questions or who speaks up just because it's quiet?" one teacher asked. Bro B taught us that teachers should first determine if you are dealing with a smart kid or a smartaleck kid. Your response to interruptions will be different based on […]

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December 31, 2012
Jigsaw

Jigsaw was first developed in the early 1970s by Elliot Aronson and his students at the University of Texas and the University of California. To teach using the Jigsaw method, “divide a topic up into, say, four sub-topics. For example childhood diseases could be divided into mumps, measles, whooping cough and German measles. Alternatively students […]

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December 31, 2012
Asking better questions

The following is a report I wrote after a Seminary inservice meeting where I attended a class on Asking Better Questions: I had the good fortune of being in Brother Baraclough's class on Asking Better Questions. Watching him teach was at least as instructive as the material, if not more, and so I really enjoyed […]

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