Tag Archive: Teacher

The Real, Genuine Teacher

            As a classroom teacher I always wanted to control the teaching/learning atmosphere as much as possible. I would arrange the room, use the media well, and ensure that the walls had appropriate things hung on them. I worked under the belief that if the physical atmosphere was well managed then both the teaching and the learning would be elevated.


            Teaching as a missionary brings a whole new dimension to the teaching atmosphere because a missionary can rarely control the physical aspect of it. You are invited into someone’s home and you just go with what is there. Here are 3 experiences I had last week. The first was in the evening. A mother and her teen-age son are studying with us. We went for a lesson and she was trying to get dinner ready, keep her other 3 younger daughters under control, keep the television off or at least keep the volume down, answer the phone, and be engaged in the lesson. Not an ideal situation.


            That was followed by a lesson with a single man who lives in a hotel. We taught him in the lobby of the hotel. There were 2 chairs in the whole lobby. He sat in one, I in the other, and the two young missionaries stood. People were coming in and out, the desk clerk was right by us and there was the usual commotion associated with a public place. Again, not ideal.


            Two days later we went at 10 a.m. to a home to teach a single woman. She lives in a 3-story, 6-unit building, the type that are so common in these parts. She couldn’t invite us in because one of her roommates had started drinking earlier in the morning and was well into his first six pack of the day and not in a good mood. So we stood on the porch and taught – we in our white shirts and ties, she in her bathrobe. We competed with her phone, the trash trucks, a fire engine, lots of neighbors flowing in and out of the building, and the general noise of the street. Far, far from the ideal.


            All three of these situations would never be considered excellent teaching venues, but here is what happened. The first woman and her son were on their fourth discussion and it went well. She shared with us some experiences from her life where she felt the Spirit but didn’t know what it was that kept guiding her towards better things. We helped her see what it was and she was filled with the Spirit again. The second man had already committed to baptism and this was a little tune up lesson for him. He accepted it very well. He was edified as we all were. The third woman was very agreeable to the message, accepted a Book of Mormon, committed to read it each night, and invited us back.


            What made these lessons come alive and overcome very poor ‘classroom’ set ups? Of course, it was the presence of the Holy Ghost. Nothing makes teaching too difficult for Him. When we pray and invite His presence, real teaching and learning occurs no matter what the setting and situation. Now, what will happen with these people and their relationship to the church only time and experience will tell. But I do know that on each of those particular occasions they were given the best opportunity to hear and accept the message because of the presence and active involvement of the Spirit in the teaching process 

Day 3, The Fundamentals Of Gospel Teaching And Learning

Downloaded from: http://brosimonsays.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/day-3-the-fundamentals-of-gospel-teaching-and-learning/ First of all, if you have an LDS Account that will let you access the resources to si.lds.org, then you will want to explore the resources at: https://si.lds.org/improving-teaching?lang=eng#/improving-teaching/gospel-teaching-learning/fundamentals One of my favorite resources from that section that I like to use often is: President Erying discusses “little changes” that make the difference between the “casual way” and the […]

“Line Upon Line”: Continuing to Improve as a Teacher

Chapter 6 of the Gospel Teaching and Learning handbook, “Continuing to Improve as a Teacher“, is an excellent reminder of our need to strive for improvement and how to do so. The first paragraph states: As teachers strive to implement the principles and methods described in this handbook, they should constantly but patiently work to improve. […]

Line Upon Line”: Continuing To Improve As A Teacher

Downloaded from: http://brosimonsays.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/line-upon-line-continuing-to-improve-as-a-teacher/ Chapter 6 of the Gospel Teaching and Learning handbook, ”Continuing to Improve as a Teacher“, is an excellent reminder of our need to strive for improvement and how to do so. The first paragraph states: As teachers strive to implement the principles and methods described in this handbook, they should constantly but patiently work to improve. […]

Priesthood Finger Puppets

These finger puppets can be used for multiple activities, including Primary, Special Needs, and Family Home Evening. They were created for the 2011 Primary Theme by the graphic design gurus at the Church. You’ll find puppets for Bishop, Pastor, Evangelist, Apostle, Patriarch, Teacher, and Prophet. Oddly enough, there are two Teachers, and one is a woman…. I would leave her out so as not to confuse the children you’re teaching….
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Substitute Instructions

We give this one-page instruction sheet to our substitute teachers to help them prepare Relief Society lessons in accordance with instructions given by church leaders. Since substitutes may not be up-to-date on current teaching methods and materials, we find this paper to be useful in helping them understand how to prepare meaningful lessons. Most statements are from the introduction to Teachings of The Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff (2006),…
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Online Seminary Training

I wrote a little bit last week on the online resources for Seminary training, but my internet connection flipped out and the blog entry was lost before it could save. :( So I’m going to try to reconstruct was I was doing last week to prepare for Seminary. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on Seminary toward the end of the week because I was trying to finish…
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Ideas for a Lesson on the Priesthood

1. Find pictures in the meetinghouse library or Church magazines that show priesthood ordinances (for example, a baby being blessed, someone being baptized, the sacrament being administered). Give a picture to each class and have them discuss the priesthood ordinance shown and how it blesses them. Have each class stand, show their picture, and share their thoughts. 2. Ask the children how the priesthood can bless their families. Write on…
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Thinking of Jesus Christ during the Sacrament

Sing “Before I Take the Sacrament” (CS, p. 73). Show a picture of the Last Supper and explain that just before His Crucifixion, Jesus gave His Apostles the sacrament so that they would have a way to always remember Him and His sacrifice and so that they could have His Spirit to be with them. The sacrament is such an important ordinance that during a solemn assembly in the temple,…
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