How do you cover all the principles in a lesson? Posted on January 27, 2015February 27, 2015 by Emma Pearson Emma Pearson: In the manual there are sometimes 5-6 principles in bold black sentences How many do people usually plan to cover in a lesson. Is it possible to cover them all or even necessary to get through them all. Would be great to hear peoples thoughts on this. 4(2 days ago) Leah Griffin Kolb: I try to cover most of them. I discovered post-it-notes are a great way to have the kids add the principles in to their scriptures. (2 days ago) Josh Donat: Best advice I ever got as a teacher: Remember this won't be the only time the kids read the (insert book of scripture here). I would recommend you NOT try to cover all 5-6 principles, or you'll end up teaching lessons each day rather than teaching your students. We are to teach students, not lessons. Prayerfully select 2-3 (max) of those principles to discuss and go about your lesson prep accordingly. Remember who you're teaching and what the individual needs of your students are. If you're in touch with your parents (and you had better be!!!) you'll hopefully have some insights from them about topics from the home you can help reinforce, assisting in your selection process. But, again, never more than 2-3 of those principles each day. 5-6 is WAY too cluttered a lesson - you really don't have time to search, analyze and apply all 5 or 6 principles in a single class period. (2 days ago) 10 Lucy-Jo Harris: I try to cover them all, most of them link together, I always put them all up on the board. I've found that I stick to the manual, do what it says we have fun, and they seem to get it all. They all passed the assessment without any bother. Sometimes depending on the material if there seems to be a lot I put them in a list form or if only a few I put them up separately as we cover them x (2 days ago) 4 Emma Pearson: Lucy-Jo Harris I don't know how you find the time to teach all the principles especially as you are teaching everday! Are you looking forward to friday! (2 days ago) 2 Jenny Smith: I usually hit 2-3 principles. Many times just 1. I want to be able to say "Today we learned ..." at the end of the lesson to reiterate the main few points we made. My goal is that no one leaves my class unable to state in a sentence or two what they learned in Seminary/Gospel Study. (2 days ago) 9 Emma Pearson: That Jenny Smith is just what I have been feeling today as I studied 90-92. (2 days ago) 2 Debbie Thomas: I only cover a couple of them. At the end of class we always have "on the spot" and whoevers' turn it is needs to summarize with principles learned that day. (2 days ago) 3 Jenny Smith: I find that the manual makes too many points and has no conclusion, leaving students to wonder what they learned. I have to add in that clear structure as a teacher, selecting from a few points, which, BTW, is the instruction from the GTL: "In a normal scripture block there will almost always be more material than can be meaningfully discussed in a class period. Once teachers have studied the scriptures and the curriculum, they need to decide which doctrines and principles are the most important for their students to understand and apply." (2 days ago) 4 Josh Donat: I think the manual intentionally presents several points or principles for each block - it's not done with the intent we touch on each of them, though, but to provide teachers a number of options from which to choose as they prepare lessons. I actually LOVE that the manual provides 5-6 principles in each lesson. It helps me really think about whether I'm getting everything I can out of my personal preparation so I can respond appropriately to questions in class. It also helps me articulate and focus on the one or two principles I might choose that day.... (2 days ago) 7 Jenny Smith: And also "During lesson preparation, teachers should give sufficient time and effort in deciding both what to teach and how to teach. If what to teach gets almost all of the emphasis during lesson preparation, a teacher will not have sufficient time to consider how to help students participate in learning. Often this will result in lessons that are boring and too teacher-centered. When a teacher focuses too heavily on how to teach, lessons can become disjointed, lacking purpose and power." from the GTL (2 days ago) 5 Pamela Schilling Kirkwood: The problem I am having is now the tests. What if the one thing I don't get to in the lesson is one of the things chosen for the test?? I feel like I need to teach for the test now that we've had the first one and I feel like I didn't emphasize enough of a few things from the test. I even remember those lessons thinking they were great, but then my kids didn't get that one point needed for the test. :( (2 days ago) 2 Josh Donat: I wouldn't worry about that, Pamela. I know across our stake, I've been interested to see that some classes miss a particular question heavily while other classes miss other questions. Each class managed to pass the test overall just fine. With the assessment, as I told parents/teachers/kids over the weekend at our stake YM/YW/Seminary event, it's not a matter of passing or failing or teaching to the test - it's an opportunity for the kids and parents to find out what gospel principles are being grasped well and what principles need more time at home. Remember: you're not responsible to teach the kids the gospel; that's what their parents are for. You're there as a resource and a support for the kids. Do we teach the gospel? ABSOLUTELY! Nothing BUT the gospel and it's correct principles. But don't teach to the test at all - just keep teaching the scriptures and the rest will come along just fine. (2 days ago) 4 Donna Maynard Herring: Sometimes we are able to cover all of them, but not all the time. I have the students figure out the doctrine and principles within the verses. Today for example, we were able to cover around 3, which wasn't all of them. But that's okay. (2 days ago) Emma Pearson: Have you looked through the second one yet? (2 days ago) Elaine Henson: Many of the principles/doctrines are covered in multiple lessons. I try to make sure I cover the ones that may not be covered in other lessons, as well as the ones I fell are needed for the lesson that day. Eg: one that crops up quite often is along the lines of "The Lord speaks to us through ... the Holy Ghost" (2 days ago) 1 Judy Goodman: When I pray about the lesson, I always teach the principals that stand out to me. It's always fun when one of the kids has a thought or in their prayer mentions the ones I have been praying about. I love teaching seminary. (2 days ago) 2 Donna Maynard Herring: This week, I recently started giving one of the verses (that has a principle or doctrine stated within the lesson) to a student for their devotional. So when it comes that time, I hand it over to them for that portion of the lesson. (2 days ago) 1 Lucy-Jo Harris: Hahah Emma Pearson I've managed to get out of Friday we're at a funeral out of town Post navigation ← I am a MachineThe activity that kills you but won’t die → RELIEF SOCIETY SALE: All Relief Society items on sale through March 1, 2017, including the RS charm and RS birthday lip balm slider!