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Blog entry Sep 10 2012

I survived my (second) first day of Seminary!

Whew. I don't know about you, but I did not sleep well before my first day of Seminary this morning. A friend came over and we talked for several hours, and so I didn't get my last minute things finished before class last night. The first Seminary text came in at 4:40am, so I figured that was a sign and just got up. I had realized during the night that I forgot to make new name sticks for the prayer bucket (GAH!), and I decided last minute to change my chairs around.

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Blog entry Aug 27 2012

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.

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Blog entry Aug 20 2012

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.

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Blog entry Aug 13 2012

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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Blog entry Jul 31 2012

Not much Seminary preparation last week...

For the past several days we've had the entire family here for a reunion. Phew. Fourteen people running around here. It was fun. Due to the chaos, the only thing I got done Seminary related was to start work on the first few lessons for the first week of class. I'm not even done reading Matthew yet.....

Ah, well. I don't think I'm going to have time to finish up the entire New Testament before class begins. I've read the Gospels many times, so I think I may skip Mark, Luke, and John in favor of familiarizing myself again with the epistles. Seminary is just five weeks away for me!

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Blog entry Jul 21 2012

Google Seven Nexus for LDS Gospel App

I love the functionality of the new gospel library app, and I've been seeking my own holy grail of smart devices on which to run it. My husband bought me a Nexus seven as a surprise gift. It came in the mail yesterday. I'm writing this blog entry using Dragon dictation. Dragon is very accurate and makes typing on the tablet much easier. It's made a lot of progress since I last tested it. Since I'm using the tablet- even with the Swype keyboard- it's difficult to type. Dragon dictation makes it much easier and faster to get words on to the tablet. I'm enjoying the widgets a great deal, especially the Gmail widget. I'm surprised how productive I feel suddenly. The calendar app is very helpful as well since I've now added my seminary reading calendar and schedule to my Gmail calendar.

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Blog entry Jul 09 2012

Teach the New Testament in book order or chronologically.....

The last few days I've been second guessing myself about what order to teach the books of the New Testament. I had decided to teach in book order, but now I'm not sure. Both of the teachers I've talked to teach it as the Life of Christ in chronological order using whichever book has the main story. Then they teach epistles.

There are several different pacing guides in the New Testament found on pages 277-278 of the teacher manual.

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Blog entry Jul 06 2012

What if Seminary was foever cancelled?

Last week I read a blog entry from Leading LDS titled "What if Elder's Quorum was Forever Cancelled". It really got me to thinking about the meetings we hold in the Church. Would people have missed Relief Society if it was cancelled when I was president? How about now in Seminary? Do my students consider Seminary vital in their lives? Do they miss it over the summer?

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Blog entry Jul 05 2012

I Wish I Taught Seminary in South Carolina!

I read in USA Today this article:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-07-03/religion-courses...

It describes how students are allowed to receive credit toward graduation through released time courses. Wow.

Of course the grading that equates to a high school course, I wouldn't enjoy as much.....

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Blog entry Jun 21 2012

Beginning the New Testament Reading Calendar, Visit to Frontier Culture Museum

I started work this week on the reading schedule for New Testament. Wow. This is going to be SO much easier than Old Testament was! There are just 260 chapters in the new testament, so It's pretty easy to finish the New Testament for these students. Students who read just one chapter a day, 7 days a week will finish 252 chapters in 36 weeks. So really, most kids will be reading just slightly more than 1 chapter per day to read the entire New Testament this year. Easy.

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