Great For: Determining Student Level of Understanding

These teaching techniques will help you determine the level to which students understand the topic you are teaching.

November 9, 2018
Answer simply and briefly

Most of us talk too much when we answer a question. It is our natural reaction to share all the information we have on a subject before finding out what the student already knows or how anxious he or she is to know it. In order to answer briefly, you should first ensure you understand […]

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April 26, 2016
Scripture Scrolls

Our Class "Scripture Scrolls"This idea comes from Jenny Smith at Mormon ShareIt was easier to make than antcipated.I got the rolling pins from  Wmt and I have seen them on AmazonEach day, a student acts as class scribe and writes or draws somethin...

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December 11, 2014
Four Column Scripture Analysis

By Adriene Olsen Murray I used this idea from our Seminary Coordinator. It works best with a short section or block of scriptures. It was really fun. The kids found things that I had not thought of and explained what it meant to them. Divide the board into four columns: Zinger -- find verses in […]

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November 5, 2014
Are You Sure You Covered the Topic?

By Scott Knecht It is satisfying at the end of a class to sit back and think how well I covered the material for the students. Teachers love to cover things and to say things like "we covered that really well in class today and the students are all ready for the test." I think […]

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February 22, 2013
Silent Time Line Sorting Game

Last week we were doing housekeeping things during class and did not get to cover the stories that students were reading in as much depth as I would prefer.  I used this method to quickly cover 4 chapters students had read before class, as an introduction to the next chapters in Acts. RULES: Each zone […]

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February 22, 2013
Time Line Ordering

If you've got a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time, you can cover the material more efficiently when you know what students already know about the topic.  One way to quickly assess student understanding of series of events is to give them strips of paper with the main events summarized […]

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January 31, 2013
Pop Quiz

Ah, the dreaded Pop Quiz. There's a reason that this old-style teaching method hasn't been thrown out: it's super effective. This evil-sounding tool can be used by the wise teacher to help cover a lot of material very quickly, review previously studied material, or to determine how well students are understanding material.  Plus, it takes […]

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December 31, 2012
WordStorm

WordStorm is kind of like brainstorming in that you take a topic word and write down the class' thoughts on the board. Easy Lesson opener. EXAMPLE: I wrote the word "friend" on the board and asked my students to say words that describe a perfect friend. I noted their words on the board. When they […]

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December 31, 2012
New to You

Give students a few minutes to review a passage that is fairly familiar to them. Have them write down something that was "new" at this reading. They may have remembered a detail they forgot or noticed something new. They may have a new understanding of what certain words or phrases mean. The verses may have […]

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December 31, 2012
Make a Quiz

Students are invited to write a quiz. It can be in the style of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, Jeopardy, or even just plain old question and answer style. Students will stand in front of the class and be the game show host. Sometimes my students write questions to ask the teacher, or other […]

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