Link: 11 Alternatives to “Round Robin” (and “Popcorn”) Reading

By Becky Mike Edwards Becky Mike Edwards: Ideas for reading in class. 11 Alternatives to “Round Robbin” and “Popcorn” Reading. 3(1 hour ago) Read More Read more here:: Link: 11 Alternatives to “Round Robin” (and “Popcorn”) Reading

Link: Teach To Learn: The 5 Minute Lecture

By Suzi Alkonis Suzi Alkonis : This is a great idea and a great blog: 2 (58 minutes ago) Not everything in a class should be or needs to be student discovery.  Sometimes I just need to tell them something but I struggled for a long time to do it effectively and in a timely manner.  Then I discovered the beauty of something I came to call The…
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Silent Time Line Sorting Game

Last week we were doing housekeeping things during class and did not get to cover the stories that students were reading in as much depth as I would prefer.  I used this method to quickly cover 4 chapters students had read before class, as an introduction to the next chapters in Acts. RULES: Each zone gets two identical sets of word strips, one for the zone leader, and a second…
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Time Line Ordering

If you’ve got a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time, you can cover the material more efficiently when you know what students already know about the topic.  One way to quickly assess student understanding of series of events is to give them strips of paper with the main events summarized as a list.  Have the class work in groups and race to sort the events…
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Write the Chapter Header

The purpose of this activity is for kids to learn to pick out what is the most important information in a section of scripture and to summarize it.  This is a valuable skill to learn for preparing talks or lessons. Hand each student a mini post it note.  Have them place the post it note over the chapter header of a certain passage.  Give students 3-5 minutes on a timer…
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Pop Quiz

Ah, the dreaded Pop Quiz. There’s a reason that this old-style teaching method hasn’t been thrown out: it’s super effective. This evil-sounding tool can be used by the wise teacher to help cover a lot of material very quickly, review previously studied material, or to determine how well students are understanding material.  Plus, it takes very little preparation time by the teacher. Write your questions. Your questions should be of…
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Grouping for Speed

Think of ways to group your text to help you cover material effectively. Then WRITE VERSES ON THE BOARD to help students get through the material efficiently during your lesson. EXAMPLE: 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 to help us find answers: Blessings of…
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Chalkboard Outline

Using the chalkboard or an easel to show a brief lesson outline can help you cover material efficiently and effectively. You’ll find that writing verses on the board will help students follow and anticipate the direction of your lesson, resulting in better discussion. It will also help you stay on task and more easily cover material. EXAMPLE: When teaching the second coming from Isaiah 26, I had written on the…
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Splitting into Groups

This popular technique has been misused for many years. Please don’t ever use this technique in a group that is larger than 20 people. It should be used only rarely in groups over 16 persons in size. Each group should be very small, no more than 4 or 5 people. You should never have more than 4 or 5 groups. 2 to 4 groups is optimal. Take into account the…
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Splitting Students into Teams to Learn the Gospel

Seminary Mom likes to split her classes into groups for gospel learning. Here’s how she taught 3 Nephi 11 over the course of two days, while splitting into groups for researching the scripture topic: Today was a special day as we began our study of 3 Nephi 11, the crowning moment in the Book of Mormon. I know that the suggested teaching schedule recommends teaching 3 Nephi 11 in one…
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A Spiritual Feast – Using a multi-day scripture teaching theme

Seminary Mom used lunch sacks to emphasize the importance of the material in 3 Nephi — truly a spiritual feast. Kids in her class added notecards to their lunch sacks each day during the lesson to add to their feast. It’s a great example of how to carry a theme over multiple days for lesson continuity. Below is her description of how it worked. This theme could be adapted to…
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