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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 can be used in multiple lessons.
  • Object Lessons

Breaking the Plane/Circulate

Watch the video below to find out why and how to use Circulate in your classroom:

Signaling Authority

Watch this video to see what signaling authority is:

Watch this video on The Teach Like A Champion website to see a pro teacher signaling authority in her classroom, and read a detailed analysis of what's happening.

Teach Like a Champion - Teaching Methods Playlist (50+ videos)

Visit the whole playlist here, or watch below:

The Spirit World/Cell Phone Parking

Here are the inspiration texts for The Spirit World:


  • Pocket Points – gives students points for staying off their phones; Free for educators and students
  • Jeopardy Builder -
  • Quizziz – not blocked at Church, like Kahoot. Free.
  • Mind Doodle – mind mapping, free for groups (recommend use the board, but it's possible to shake things up and do it digitally)

Post Date: March 12, 2020
Author: Jenny Smith


Jenny Smith
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.
Jenny Smith is a designer, blogger, and tomato enthusiast who lives in Virginia on a 350+ acre farm with her husband and one very grouchy cat.
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