Structure of a Seminary Class

I’ve recently been called to teach Old Testament for Seminary next year. I’m pretty confident about how to teach a lesson, but since I’ve never actually been to a daily seminary class before, I have/had a lot of questions. After speaking with several other teachers (I hope you will talk to other teachers, too) I’ve gotten some ideas about how to structure a Seminary class. Click on the links below for ideas on planning, asking questions, Scripture Mastery, and Behavior Issues.

Seminary Structure

General Conference Ideas for Seminary

The veteran teachers I've talked to like to encourage students to watch general conference by playing games or performing other activities. DeAnn and Brent review points from the talks in a jeopardy style game. Paula A says, "At October and April [conference] we also gave mini prizes for noting [scripture mastery] used by speakers." Fun!...

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During Your Lesson

My teacher friends gave me zillions of great ideas for use during individual lessons. I will go through my notes and try to list them here. This will follow the rough order that a class might take. Sign Ins DeAnn puts a table by the door of her classroom where students sign in each day....

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The First Week of Class

During the first week of your Seminary class you'll be setting a pattern for your classes and taking care of some housekeeping items. Here are some tips for your first week that I've collected: Establish patterns Begin class on time the first day. If you plan to use a scripture journal or scripture mastery games,...

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Before Class Begins

If you're a new Seminary Teacher, like me, you're wondering how to begin planning for these daily lessons. While the gospel-teaching part of a Seminary lesson is probably familiar to you (since you've probably taught Primary, young women, priesthood, Sunday school, etc.), the structure of a Seminary class may be unfamiliar. Scroll or jump down...

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Questions about Seminary Structure

Below are some questions and responses from Seminary teachers regarding the structure of their classes. You'll find some of the ideas very useful in planning and structuring your class. Bringing Homework to classCatching up when behindClass presidency responsibilities?Do you complete the work like students?Do you struggle with any “guilt” of not covering a highlighted principle...

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Selecting Music for Seminary Classes

Here are some resources to help you select music for Making Choosing Easier Choosing Hymns by Scripture Reference Choosing Hymns by Gospel Topic Easy Hymns Songs Seminary Students actually like to sing No piano player.... Using technology to engage Seminary students with music Making choosing easier Here are a few ideas for selecting music for...

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The Learning Assessment

Seminary Teachers are asking questions about the new Learning Assessment.  Here's what they're saying: Assessing the Assessment - By Shauna Hostetler Shauna Hostetler: #Assessment Last night I went through all of my students’ answer sheets and made a note of which questions each student got correct and the specific questions they missed. I wanted to...

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Christmas Ideas for Seminary

Below are some ideas teachers have shared for your Seminary class at Christmas-time. “real” Lamination - Downloaded from: http://primarynotes29.blogspot.com/2014/02/real-lamination.html So, for over a year I was doing what I call “faux lamination” and using packing tape to cover my items. It worked, and is a viable option when you don’t have access to a laminator....

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Seminary Class Officers

Your seminary class should include a class president who conducts the meetings. The president leads the class by welcoming them, announcing prayers, and devotionals, etc, and turns time to the teacher. No other officers are needed, but following are some ideas if you'd like to include more students: My friend DeAnn uses a president and...

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More Seminary Help

Scripture Mastery

START HERE: Be sure to check out our new scripture mastery games database, full of categorized scripture mastery game ideas. Other scripture mastery ideas I've collected lots of ideas for memorizing the scripture mastery scriptures for the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Old Testament and New Testaments here.  Some are ideas shared by other...

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Seminary Teaching Tips

Following are some teaching ideas from various teachers, especially as regards Seminary. The New Files Check out the new Teaching Techniques database! We've got ideas for lesson openers, getting everyone to participate, avoiding disruptions, asking better questions, and much more! The Old List This is the old list based off our old menu item of...

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A Century of Seminary

Janet Thomas, "A Century of Seminary," New Era, Jan. 2000, 26 In the early days of the Church, stakes in Utah actually operated their own schools. However, in the 20th century, the schools became public, and religious education seemed to be pushed aside. Seeing the need to teach young people about the scriptures, the stake...

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Quotes for Seminary Teachers and Leaders

Below are some inspirational and uplifting quotes for LDS Seminary. Seminary is fun "But seminary is not all study. There are some fun and games." -- Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, May 1990, p. 38 Blessings for Seminary Teachers "I pray that he will bless you in your homes and in your families, that as...

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