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Not My Best Lesson

Well, today’s lesson was not stellar.  I don’t know why I keep doing this same lesson — it’s a flop nearly every time.  I’m just expecting too much.  These students just can not write a short script from a scripture text to save their lives.  Three years I’ve been doing it, and it never seems to get any better.  It’s always much better if we talk about the story and act it out or if I just let them act out what they remember.  Having them try to work on a skit during class is always a miserable experience.  Today was the last time. Actually, I know exactly why I did it — it makes TOTAL sense.  Today we drew…

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1 Nephi 7-8, 10

I’m feeling better about Seminary this week as things have settled down.  I’m also glad I held out on the manual — the last two lessons have been usable for me, and made planning a lot easier.  Earlier in the week it was looking like the manual was going to be unusable.  I’m glad I was wrong. 1 Nephi 7-8 To open this lesson I asked for three volunteers to come to the board and draw a picture of the people who have now joined Lehi on his journey. In addition to Lehi, Sariah, Sam, Nephi, Laman, and Lemuel, the group now includes Zoram, Ishmael, his wife, 5 daughters, and 2 sons with families. After getting the story line straight,…

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New Seminary Facebook Group for Teachers

A group of Seminary teachers has created a Facebook group with the purpose of helping teachers share ideas and get help with problems in the classroom.  Come on over and join us at the link below: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LDSSeminaryTeacher/ Just click the “join” link to become a part of the group.

Nevertheless, I Went Forth

I’ve slept better the past two nights than in the past 5 months.  My aunt is home now with her 24 hour care, and the pressure I’ve been under is beginning to alleviate.  I’m so grateful this all came down at the end of Seminary last year so that I could take care of the management of her home and renovation projects and other sundries when I wasn’t also saddled with the rigors of Seminary teaching.  It’s been a long slog, but the end is in sight. Last week was terribly busy, but I’ll go ahead and summarize our lessons for your information.  I dislike (too mild a word) the first lesson in the manual.  In fact, I read the…

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First Day of Seminary — Check!

Well, after failing to get any sleep last night, I’m finished with the very first day of my new humongus class of Seminary students.  I lost only one senior and gained 7 Freshmen plus a transfer student and an investigator for a total of 23 kids. It was crazy. We started out with an introduction to our theme scripture for the year: Helaman 5:12 and the same activity I did last year where the Freshmen query the upperclassmen about Seminary.  This year, the first question was “Why do you get up so early for Seminary?”  It was pretty great. Took about 25 minutes, as planned. Next we discussed the student reading assignment on the Testimony of Joseph Smith, the BoM…

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So. Tired.

I nearly cried from exhaustion yesterday.  It has been a long summer.  I can’t wait for it to be over. School started for the kids on Tuesday, but Seminary doesn’t start until the first Monday.  It’s a good thing, too, because what with volleyball tryouts and my ill relative and interviewing/coordinating/training caregivers and managing two houses and subbing at church and and EFY and camp and volleyball camp and band camp and football games and trek and and Heritage Foundation meetings and dealing with a distant ill relative and keeping up with my own home responsibilities (or trying to), I am BEAT.  I don’t know how to put in words how tired I am.  My relative is coming home on…

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