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Regional Seminary Training

Saturday was our regional Seminary training. As usual, the presentations were of varying value and interest, but I was glad I went. This time I took notes on my tablet using Evernote. I am in love with Evernote, I have to say. I also use the Swype keyboard, which makes note taking using a device without a full keyboard totally do-able. I was sitting by a hardcore geek during one session who had out his iPad in landscape mode and was typing notes with two hands (WITH THE SOUND ON @#$%^^) who kept peeking over to see me type. Swype doesn’t work on iPad which, frankly, was another reason we got rid of our iPad so quickly. This time the…

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Rethinking devotional talks

Last year I didn’t include any kind of spiritual thought or talk in my devotional for Seminary. I didn’t feel that as a first year teacher I could confidently expect the students how to prepare a decent devotional. I am the kind of person who has students redo work that isn’t acceptable, and I’m not sure that beginning class with a “yeah, you’ll do THAT over tomorrow” is going to bring the spirit into my classroom. The value of helping only a student or two occasionally didn’t seem worth the headache. But this year, I’m feeling more confident that I can add in some devotional talks. I am sticking with my rule about no outside work for Seminary beyond reading…

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Scripture Mastery and Study Skills Tool Kit

I thought I’d post a few pictures of the items I created before class this year. Some of these are what I call Five Minute Fillers, while others are just tools for scripture mastery games: Here’s the collection. I made these new testament scripture mastery Classroom sized flash cards. They are printed on card stock and have the scripture reference on the back. Here are the Books of the New Testament word strips (below). After students have learned the Books of the NT song, I pull these out whenever there are a few minutes left of class and have them organize the books. It’s a good study help activity. Also shown is the scripture mastery bookmark. I will use this…

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Synced Calendars! Yay for LDS.org!!!

Last year I made my reading chart as a document and would print off sheets as needed each quarter. This year, I’ve posted my Seminary reading calendar for New Testament online as a Google calendar. You can see it below if you’re interested. It goes from September 10 to May 31: Putting the calendar online means that everyone can access it at any time and I can make changes to the Calendar from my tablet, computer, or phone. It also syncs between devices. I am hoping that my students will also sync the calendar to their devices so they always have an up-to-date reading chart so that I don’t have to constantly print out papers or send out reminders on…

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Whiners, all

Wow. Yesterday was a rough day. I have not been sleeping well, and both Jared and I slept in and were several minutes late for church Sunday morning. I spent a few minutes after Sacrament talking with the other teacher. I had no idea the level of sacrifice he is enduring to teach Seminary. Sometimes with his work schedule like it is, he has traveled out of town, taken a red-eye back into town to arrive around 4:00 AM, driven straight to Seminary and taught, and then taken the train back into the city to go to work. It’s absurd, frankly, but he told me he has committed to teach another year and he will. That dude should be translated.…

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A plan of attack for Scripture Mastery

Last year in Seminary I used the famed Magic Squares. I loved the idea of the little jingle to memorize scripture locations. My own children learned the little jingles very, very quickly, and I thought surely this was the answer to all Scripture Mastery needs. At the end of the year, I required all students to pass off the Magic Squares rhymes in order to receive credit scripture mastery for the year. Those who learned Magic Squares are Masters, and those that memorize word-for-word are Jedis. During that final exercise it suddenly dawned on me: Magic Squares is a waste of time. I spent so much time coming up with ways for the kids to learn the grid and jingles…

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