Great For: Lesson Preparation

These teaching techniques will help you prepare lessons.

November 9, 2018
Learn to say 'I don't know' and STOP

There are questions you don’t know the answer to, and for which you know no answer has been revealed. One of the most powerful skills a teacher can develop is the self-control is to say, ‘I don’t know’, and STOP. It takes a lot of self-control to achieve this top-level teaching skill. Most teachers have […]

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November 9, 2018
“Gospel Library” It - Teach Them to Fish

Teaching students to use the Gospel Library to answer questions is one of my very favorite teaching techniques. In my opinion taking the time to teach students how to look up and answer when you can easily answer it yourself, separates good teachers from excellent ones. Using this method will take more time in class, […]

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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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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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February 18, 2013
Five Step Mini-Lesson

Vanessa S. shared this on the Come Follow Me Facebook Group, and I asked her permission to share it here.  She said: "[A]fter some initially rather disastrous experiments having my girls teach, I eventually came around to this handout, which the girls told me has been very helpful. It outlines the steps for preparing a […]

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February 16, 2013
Pause It

Movie watching during class can be dull and non-interactive, and -- let's be real -- sleep-inducing, when you're teaching seminary early in the morning. I like this quote: Showing movies in class should not be a Friday fun day activity.  Okay, I don’t mind if you show them on Friday or even if students enjoy […]

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December 31, 2012
Hear and Watch

Use LDS.org's website to help students hear and read a talk. EXAMPLE: I asked the students if they had ever heard the story about "What have you done with my name?" Some had. I told them we'd watch a movie about names, and I asked them to listen for the role that commandments play in […]

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December 31, 2012
Look for the Savior

Where do you see the Savior in the story? Is His atonement or attributes represented in the verses you read? How could these verses be an example or type for Christ? Don't just look for direct symbols of Christ but look for things that show how Christ might act or how he may have influenced […]

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December 31, 2012
No Pianist!

Go to http://lds.org/music/ Click on "Library". Choose a song you want to sing. Click on the play button that will show up as you mouse over the song to hear the MP3, OR, click the title and see the totally awesome music player. It will play your music at the tempo you choose and even […]

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