Teaching Methods, Skills, and Approaches

    A teacher stands in front of a teenage class


    5.1 Requiring Students to Think
    Elder Hales models for us a series of questions that will invite our students to think as well as feel the importance of and apply what they have been taught (Robert D. Hales, 'Teaching by Faith,' Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 1, 2002).
    5.1 Stimulating Student Thought
    Elder Scott challenges teachers to stimulate students to think by asking clear and carefully formulated questions. (Richard G. Scott, 'To Live and Understand Truth,' Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 4, 2005).
    5.1.3 Asking Good Questions
    Brother Webb teaches that good questions are simple yet powerful ways to invite the Holy Ghost to witness to our students (Chad H. Webb, "Deepening Conversion," S&I Aug. Broadcast, Aug. 2007).
    5.12 A Caution
    Elder Johnson shares a personal experience to teach the principle that we need to have pure motives in order to bless the lives of our students (Paul V. Johnson, "Teaching with Righteous Principles," S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2014).
    5.12 Eye Single to God's Glory
    Brother Webb reminds us we are teaching Heavenly Father’s children and we must be motivated solely by a desire to bless them and not by any personal recognition or gain (Chad H. Webb, "Not My Will But Thine," S&I Aug. Broadcast, 2009).
    5.12 One of the Greatest Mistakes
    Elder Hales warns teachers not to turn the students to themselves; he urges the teachers to turn the students to the Lord. (Robert D. Hales, 'Teaching by Faith,' Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 1, 2002).
    5.2 Interacting with Students
    Elder Oaks and the panel give some good counsel regarding class discussion.
    5.2 Meaningful Class Discussions
    Elder Anderson explains several ways that we can help the youth to gain spiritual understanding (Neil L. Andersen, "A Classroom of Faith, Hope, and Charity," Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 28, 2014).
    5.5 The Good Shepherd
    Elder Ballard shares a personal story to help to a group of students understand a principle in the sciptures better (Welcome to Seminary DVD, Elder Ballard--The New Testament, "An Apostle's Invitation").
    5.9 Effective Visual Aids
    Elder Scott teaches how the use of appealing visual aids helps students to capture critical concepts and to understand important gospel truths (Richard G. Scott, "To Live and Understand Truth," Address to Religious Educators, Feb. 4, 2005).
    An Introduction to the New Teaching and Learning Handbook
    Brother Webb gives an introduction on the new Teaching and Learning Handbook and gives some instruction on its use.
    Ask Us Questions
    Asking youth the right questions helps them think deeply about the gospel. As they search their hearts for answers, the Holy Ghost helps them learn what they need individually.
    Best Practices for Learning Assessments
    Best practices for before, during, and after the seminary learning assessment.
    Share Stories and Examples
    When the youth share their experiences, and leaders share theirs, the Holy Ghost is invited into the class and testifies of truth.