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Our unit has a number of challenges that make it very difficult to organize Seminary. Our boundaries have resulted in a unit that covers parts of the boundaries of three high schools.  Additionally, one family of three Seminary-aged children attends a fourth high school.  Two students are enrolled in college courses.  Four or five more are home schooled.  The building to which we are assigned is far outside our ward boundaries, some 35 minutes drive for me (some students travel 45 minutes), and it’s another 25-35 minutes back to get to the high schools we are zoned for.  The three closer buildings are either too far from our high schools or are already filled to the brim with the Seminary…

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Last Day of Class

Today was our final day of class.  Students cleaned out their cubbies, ate some yummy food, watched some YouTube videos (sorry, kids — still no Strange Brew), and wrote some questions to Stump the Chump.  It was a fun laid back day to enjoy our time together. New Book of Mormon Manual I am relieved to be finished with this year but I am still in Seminary mode, I guess.  I started reading the new Book of Mormon manual for next year this morning.  I love the new lesson format.  Finally this is something I think I’ll actually use in  class.  Biggest Beef?  There’s STILL no expectation for keeping up with reading assignments for Released Time/Early Morning/Daily seminary students.  Only…

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John 10-21

You know, it feels like I’m better caught up on the blog than I really am….  I didn’t realize I was so far behind. Anyway, we are wrapping up with John this week. My class takes off all but one day during the week of mid-terms/finals so that students can rest well and do their very best on their tests.  A lot of classes in the area don’t do this, but I feel it’s important for me as a Seminary teacher to expressly support students in their secular classwork.  I make it clear that they are not getting a holiday from Seminary because I need a break or because Seminary is difficult, but because I expect them to do well…

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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. I am leaning toward teaching the books in order myself so that it’s easier for my students to follow along with the assigned reading. If I weren’t using assigned reading, teaching the scriptures like the options in the manual or even…

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A Home Study Seminary Teacher?

This week is a weird one. The kids are off Wednesday and Thursday for exams. The other teacher is having a surgical procedure this week, too, and so his class isn’t meeting Friday, which means mine isn’t either. Next Monday is a school holiday (which I forgot). And yesterday, the federal government called a 2-hour delay because of ice, which meant the schools did as well, and so Seminary was canceled. So I went from thinking I was going to do four lessons during the next few days to having to do my best with just one, so I rewrote my lesson yesterday. I suppose it was a lot like being a home study Seminary teacher, in that I have…

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Seminary lessons learned from National Geographic

This month’s National Geographic magazine has an article in it on the teenage brain. As the mother of a teenager and a Seminary teacher, I was interested to read what they said. Much of the information was not particularly new to me — this information on the developing teenage brain has been available for a while now. I first read about it in Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind (a fantastic parenting book). In short, researchers have discovered that the teenage brain is developing more that was previously believed. While the brain does not change much in size during adolescence, neural pathways are developing at an astonishing rate. Though the teenage brain can evaluate…

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Collecting Seminary Ideas

Well, I’m continuing my hunt for Seminary ideas and have greatly expanded the Seminary articles on the site. I’ve added the following: Seminary structure – for classroom organizational type stuff, how to assign a devotional, choose a prayer, integrate scripture mastery, etc. This is the part I had no clue about and about which I asked the most questions. Seminary teaching tips – Includes lots of random links and ideas on teaching methods Visual Aids – links to visual aid resources for teachers. Organizing the helps in this way is really helping me get ready for my class next year. I’m getting lots of ideas about how to integrate scripture mastery into my classes. I’m also going to make some…

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A new gig

Well, my tenure as YW secretary will be over when Girl’s Camp is done. Sunday I was called as early-morning seminary teacher for our unit. I’d be lying if I said I was thrilled at the prospect at first, but I’m getting more and more excited about the ideas I’m getting. I’ve never actually attended early morning seminary. We had home study seminary with once per week lessons at the Church. This is going to be quite the experience. Due to some logistical problems at the Church (space) and at my house (traveling husband), Jared and I approached the Bishopric about holding Seminary in our home. They have tentatively given approval, pending discussion with the ward council. I’m hoping it…

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