Teaching the Seminary manual with exactness or GTLH 3?

I’ve been subbing in seminary for less than 24 hours, and I’ve already got some feedback for Salt Lake. I love teaching Seminary, but I do wish it were under different circumstances. One of the Seminary teachers in our unit had an unspeakable family tragedy last week and she will be unable to teach for an undetermined period of time. A member of the bishopric covered three classes for her last week, and they gave me the option after Sacrament meeting yesterday of taking over so that the bishopric member could get back to his regular duties. Since I’ve taught Seminary to all but one of the students before, a transportation need is met by the bus at my house,…

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Results of the Basic Doctrines Assessment

Well — that was interesting.  We took the Basic Doctrines Assessment and I have compiled the data.  I sent a copy of the results to the YW President, YM President, SS President, and bishop for their reference. You gotta know, the BDA is difficult.  Really difficult.  The font is difficult to read, especially when photocopied, and the *answers* are written to deceive.  Many answers are “possible” but you have to choose the “best”.  I’d call this a college-level test.  None of my students got 100% on the first 21 questions (I threw out Section 1b for reasons described below), though I did have one that only missed one question. The most valuable part of the BDA was the self-assessment at…

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Seminary Basic Doctrines Assessment

I didn’t realize there was a form for assessing student understanding of Seminary lessons until I accidentally found it last year on the Seminary and Institutes website.  I suppose that this file is mostly used by full time Seminary teachers, but I am going to try it in my class tomorrow to see where I can direct my lessons so that students understand the gospel better. Some of the questions are poorly worded, but I think the assessment has some value.  For multiple choice questions, the test is suprisingly difficult.  I’m using version A, and it gets easier as the test goes along thankfully.  The first time I took the test, I didn’t get a 100%.  It’s not easy.  There…

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