I wanted to pass along some great work that someone passed along to me. Nathan Richardson, of www.nathanrichardson.com made a wonderful graphical timeline similar to the timeline on the S&I bookmarks for the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament. For me, my mind can comprehend ideas better when they are in a format like this. It could be a great handout for your class now, or especially when you get into the sections around D&C 57. Click on the image to go there on Nathan’s webpage.
Also he has made a wonderful handout called, “Section Titles and Divisions in the Doctrine and Covenants”. This shows the grouping of the sections (similar to the pages just before Section 1 in your scriptures). When a student needs to do make up work, I would give them the handout and have them write in the section titles at the top of each section, in their own Doctrine and Covenants. Click on the image to go there on his website. Also there are many other neat things on his website.
As I have talked about in past posts, to learn the Scripture Masteries, it is best to spotlight one scripture a week. BUT you can’t very well scripture chase with only one scripture you have learned. Well the document here (front and back) has all the mnemonics for the D&C. On a “Flexible day” in the Pacing Guide, you may want to go over the first 6 mnemonics and have your students mark them in their scriptures. Once you have gone over 6 mnemonics, have students quiz each other by one saying the key words (at the top of each mnemonic) and the other say the reference. If they can’t say the reference, have the other student give hints from the mnemonic. After a month, do this again with another 6 mnemonics.
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The 3rd lesson in the D&C teaching manual is about the Great Apostasy. This glue-in (click on the image) is three of my favorite quotes that support the obvious need there was in the world for a Restoration of the Gospel. The quotes are from three very notable individuals: Martin Luther, Roger Williams, and Thomas Jefferson.
I have also changed the Weekly Attendance Word document. Once you have your class list, simply open the Word document and type in your students’ names. Then each week print a new one off. Teachers usually just put this sheet by the door and student’s write the time they arrived in the one spot, and if they read (including the weekends) in the other spot. That way, at the end of the week you can easily enter your attendance in WISE. It also helps you to be encouraging students. The sheet also keeps track of how students are doing with daily scripture study.
It is so important to start the year off right. Most weeks I only post one thing so as not to overload. But since school is starting soon for many of you, here are 6 things to start the year off right. At the link here (click on the picture) you will find items I have posted previously to help teachers with the beginning of the year. I think you will find these very useful. I now have a place for all these items on my website; under the “Seminary Resources” is a drop down for “Start of the Year Stuff” and “Scripture Study Skills”
There you will find:
1. Creating the Ideal Seminary Class: The first day of class, I like to have a lesson that gets them excited for studying that book of scripture that year AND how we can have the Ideal Seminary class this year. This also has three important graphics like “The One Rule”.
2. Weekly Attendance / Reading Sheet: This is a Word document where you can put your students names down and as they come into class, they mark their own reading and time they arrived to keep track of things for you.
3. On The Spot: This is an example of a devotional chart you can use and explains “On The Spot” which has a student, at the end of class each day, share the main message they got from class that day.
4. Seminary Class Presidencies: This is how to set them up and train them with this outline of responsibilities.
5. FEAST for Great Scriptural Thoughts: This trains your class how to give great scriptural thoughts and a handout as you train them.
6. Seminary Spotlights: This is something my classes have loved to do every Friday.
Naturally, there is a good explanation on all of these things on the website. Just click on the image to go there on the website.
This website is intended for teachers in the North West S&I Area