Inservice Lesson 4: Preparing a Lesson: Decide How to Teach
    Footnotes

    “Inservice Lesson 4: Preparing a Lesson: Decide How to Teach,” New-Teacher Training Resource: A Teacher-Improvement Companion to the Gospel Teaching and Learning Handbook (2016)

    “Inservice Lesson 4,” New-Teacher Training Resource

    Inservice Lesson 4

    Preparing a Lesson: Decide How to Teach

    Suggested Inservice Activities

    This lesson includes a list of activities that will allow teachers to practice the principles they learned in at-home learning experiences 11–13. If needed, you may develop your own practice activities to fit the needs of the teachers in your class.

    Learning Experience 11: Deciding How to Teach: Helping Students Fulfill Their Role

    Practice Activity 1: How the Teacher Manual Helps Students Fulfill Their Role

    Purpose: To help teachers see how the questions, methods, and learning activities in the teacher manual will assist them in inviting students to fulfill their role in learning the gospel.

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    Activity: Invite teachers to open a seminary or institute teacher manual to any lesson or use the handout titled “Sample Lesson—3 Nephi 11:1–17,” which is provided in the appendix of this manual. Ask them to search for questions, activities, or teaching methods that will help students fulfill their role in the learning process. After sufficient time, invite them to discuss what they found with the inservice group.

    Practice Activity 2: Teach Students to Fulfill Their Role in the Learning Process

    Purpose: To help teachers prepare to teach students their role in the learning process at the beginning of and throughout the school year.

    Activity: Each seminary teacher manual includes a lesson called “The Role of the Learner” that is designed to help students understand, accept, and fulfill their role in gospel teaching and learning (for example, see Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual [2017], lesson 3). Invite the teachers to review one of these lessons, looking for principles, activities, and teaching methods that they can use to teach their students to fulfill their role in the learning process.

    Invite the teachers to each prepare a brief lesson on a principle from the lesson “The Role of the Learner.” After sufficient time, divide the teachers into groups and invite them to practice teaching the lessons they prepared to their groups. (Groups should be small enough to allow time for each teacher to share what he or she prepared.) After the teachers have finished presenting their lessons, discuss as a class how they might continually teach students to fulfill their role in learning the gospel throughout the year.

    Learning Experience 12: Deciding How to Teach: Asking Effective Questions

    Practice Activity 3: Identifying Types of Effective Questions

    Purpose: To help teachers identify and understand the different types of questions that can lead students to the desired outcomes related to the learning pattern.

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    Activity: Distribute copies of the handout titled “Identify Types of Effective Questions,” which is provided in the appendix of this manual. Invite the teachers to identify the different types of questions on the handout. Then discuss as a class what they discovered.

    Practice Activity 4: Using the Teacher Manual

    Purpose: To help teachers identify questions in the teacher manual and understand how these questions can lead students to experience the desired outcomes of the learning pattern.

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    Activity: Invite the teachers to choose any lesson in the teacher manual or use the handout titled “Sample Lesson—3 Nephi 11:1–17,” which is provided in the appendix of this manual. Ask them to highlight all of the questions in the lesson. Then invite them to consider which element of the learning pattern each question relates to. Discuss as a class what they have discovered.

    Practice Activity 5: Rewriting the Question

    Purpose: To help teachers practice crafting effective questions that relate to the learning pattern.

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    Activity: Distribute copies of the handout titled “Rewrite the Question,” which is provided in the appendix of this manual. Invite the teachers to rewrite the questions on the handout in a way that will more likely result in students reaching desired learning outcomes. After they have finished, invite a few teachers to share their rewritten questions with the group.

    Practice Activity 6: Modeling and Writing

    Purpose: To help teachers practice writing a series of questions that can lead students through the full learning pattern for a segment of verses, from understanding context and content to applying a gospel principle in their lives.

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    Activity: Distribute copies of the handout titled “Model and Practice,” which is provided in the appendix of this manual. Ask the teachers to study the series of sample questions on the worksheet, which are designed to help a teacher lead students through the learning pattern for a segment of verses. Then invite the teachers to practice following that same pattern by writing a similar series of questions for one or two scripture segments of their choice.

    Practice Activity 7: Preparing to Teach

    Purpose: To provide an experience for teachers to use the scriptures and the teacher manual to prepare a brief lesson and then practice teaching each other.

    Note: At this point in the training, teachers should be ready to practice preparing and teaching a lesson. Rather than inviting teachers to practice preparing and presenting a full lesson from the teacher manual, invite them to prepare to teach only one verse segment. This activity will most likely take the full inservice period.

    Activity: Briefly review with the teachers the key elements they have learned about determining what and how to teach. Then invite them to choose one verse segment from the teacher manual that they will use as they prepare a brief lesson.

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    It may be helpful to pace the class so that all teachers are working on the same stage of lesson preparation at the same time so that no teacher falls behind in the activity. To help them in their planning, distribute copies of the handout titled “Lesson-Planning Questions,” which is provided in the appendix of this manual. After the teachers have prepared their lessons, invite one or two to teach their lesson to the group. As appropriate, encourage the teachers to share thoughts and give helpful feedback at the end of each lesson. (If needed, teachers could use the handout titled “Sample Lesson—3 Nephi 11:1–17,” which is provided in the appendix of this manual.)

    Learning Experience 13: Deciding How to Teach: Teaching and Learning by the Spirit

    Practice Activity 8: Our Three Core Beliefs

    Purpose: To help teachers deepen their understanding of what a classroom experience might look like when teachers have confidence in the power of the word, faith in the Lord and in the Spirit, and trust in their students.

    Activity: Invite the teachers to write the following three core elements on a piece of paper (see Gospel Teaching and Learning: A Handbook for Teachers and Leaders in Seminaries and Institutes of Religion [2012], 47–48):

    • Confidence in the power of the word

    • Faith in the Lord and in the Spirit

    • Trust in the students

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    Show the teachers a video that depicts a classroom experience. You may use one of the following videos (available on LDS.org), or you may choose another video. (These videos are not available in all languages.)

    2.7 Analyzing a Passage” (8:12)

    2.7 A Student-Centered Discussion” (10:47)

    As the teachers watch the video, invite them to look for examples of when the teacher manifests confidence in the power of the word, faith in the Lord and in the Spirit, or trust in the students. Then ask the teachers to share their thoughts and insights.

    Practice Activity 9: Trusting the Students

    Purpose: To help teachers deepen their understanding of who their students are and why they can trust in their students’ ability to fulfill their role in gospel learning and experience deeper conversion.

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    Activity: Invite the teachers to study the handout titled “Trust in the Students,” which is provided in the appendix of this manual. As they read, invite them to underline key truths that help them trust that their students can fulfill their role in the learning process with the help and encouragement of their teacher. Briefly discuss some of their impressions.

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    Show the teachers a video that depicts a classroom experience. You may use one of the following videos (available on LDS.org), or you may choose another video. (These videos are not available in all languages.)

    2.7 Analyzing a Passage” (8:12)

    2.7 A Student-Centered Discussion” (10:47)

    Invite the teachers to look for evidence of the truth of the things they underlined in their handouts and to then discuss in pairs their insights and impressions.