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Teaching Technique: Removing Barriers and classroom setup

I promised to write about this lesson some time ago, but hadn’t gotten around to it. The weekend before I taught this lesson was inservice meeting. For me, the actual lesson material is easy. I don’t have any trouble reading a passage and picking out something awesome to share or have the kids discuss. What I need is “techniques”. Now I know that you’re probably reading “gimmicks” here. I don’t mean cutesy little games and stuff to entertain my kids while slipping in a gospel golden nugget or two, I’m talking about actual techniques that teachers use that help them own and control a classroom so they can get maximum participation from their students. You know how it is —…

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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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The Week in Review

This was an easy week of lessons. I think I mentioned earlier that I am treating this section in Judges and Ruth like a biographical examination of some of the heroes (and losers) found in these passages of scripture. I am hoping these kids will see characteristics they want to emulate and avoid by studying these stories from people’s lives. Judges 2-3 We started out by looking at the maps section of the Bible. (Maps 2, 3). I talked about the Exodus (Map 2) and showed them on the map Kadeth-barnea. Then we talked about now (in Judges), the people have split up the land like in Map 3. Joshua is dead, and the people are being wicked again. We…

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Regional Seminary Inservice Report – Leading Discussions with Good Questions and Lesson Ideas

We had a regional inservice training the first weekend in January. In this area, Seminary and Institute teachers are invited to a Saturday training that lasts for several hours. This one went from 9 AM to 3 PM, and included lunch. Lunch was the best part :) Our meetings start off with a kind of a keynote address and then we get to choose courses from two sessions in the morning, eat lunch, and then have two sessions in the afternoon. At the previous inservice, the meeting was cut short at lunch time due to a pending storm, and so during lunch there were some tables set up with different Seminary type activities and ideas that people could view at…

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Best Seminary Lesson Evah!

What a fantastic lesson we had in Seminary today! I’m not sure what happened to make things go so well, but wow, this was really a great lesson (from my point of view, anyway). Class started off very silly — like Monday silly — and we even got started a little late with our opening song. We started so late that I only had them sing one verse of “Praise to the Man“. We moved to the tables, and I started writing on the easel. My thought was to try to get their attention with the stuff I was writing on the easel. Normally I have everything already written out, and today I was thinking I would be able to…

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Deuteronomy 8, 18, 29, 30, 32, 34

I’m posting this out of order, but I taught Deuteronomy last week. Just catching up. On the easel I wrote the following for Deuteronomy 8: Blessings of REMEMBERING v 2 v3 v4 v5 Dangers of FORGETTING v11 vv12-14 v17 v19 Here’s what I had in my notes: Blessings of REMEMBERING v 2 – God led thee, proved thee v3 – God humbled thee, fed thee, taught thee v4 – clothes lasted v5 – chastened thee Dangers of FORGETTING v11 – not keeping the commandment vv12-14 – when you’re satisfied, you be become prideful and forget miracles God has wrought for you v17 – you’ll think you did it yourself v19 – forget God and perish Did our Delilah toss around…

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Joshua 1

My kids are always silly on Mondays. I don’t know what does it to them, but most of the time Mondays are just a little sillier than usual. I’ve learned to just accept this and embrace the silly. It helps that I do find them genuinely funny, and so I don’t have to stretch too hard to enjoy their silliness, but I do try to keep them close enough to earth to get a good lesson in. Today we’re starting Joshua 1. I learned at the inservice training Saturday that very few people in our region are finishing Deuteronomy. I’m pretty much the only one. I’m slightly ahead because I did Numbers in just 3 days and Deuteronomy in 4,…

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Back in the Swing

Well, it’s the second day back at school after Christmas break, and the kids are already starting to droop. It was 12 degrees outside when they came in this morning. Brrrrrr. This was the first day that no one complained about sitting close beside each other on the couches :) I didn’t write out my entire lesson plan Monday since I hadn’t given the lesson yet, so here it is: Back to Seminary and Deuteronomy 4 The kids were assigned to read Deuteronomy 4 and 6, and I had promised that for each scripture mastery they memorized over the holiday I would pay them a dollar. They were in shock, but I knew that virtually none of them would do…

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Happy New Year!

It’s a new year! I’ve set a goal to add new content to the site each day of 2012. Most of the time I’ll be blogging since I am blogging about my Seminary class, but on off days I will try to add some new content related to Young Women or Primary. I’ve been working on a theme for the new Drupal 7 server. Since I had to make some pretty significant changes to my node template files to upgrade to D7, I’m switching base themes, too. It’s taking some time, but I hope to be done by the end of the month. I’m not pushing very hard because Jared has some work to do on the new shopping cart.…

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