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Introduction to the Inservice Lessons

“Introduction to the Inservice Lessons,” New-Teacher Training Resource: A Teacher-Improvement Companion to the Gospel Teaching and Learning Handbook (2016)

“Introduction to the Inservice Lessons,” New-Teacher Training Resource

Introduction to the Inservice Lessons

Seminaries and Institutes of Religion has developed a series of five 90-minute lessons that inservice leaders can use to train newly called seminary and institute teachers. These lessons provide inservice leaders with an opportunity to practice with new teachers the important concepts and principles they are learning in the 14 at-home learning experiences. Where possible, inservice leaders should complete these five inservice lessons with newly called teachers before the school year begins.

Before an Inservice Lesson

Newly called teachers should complete the 14 learning experiences at home. The at-home learning experiences will help deepen teachers’ understanding of key information found in Gospel Teaching and Learning: A Handbook for Teachers and Leaders in Seminaries and Institutes of Religion (2012). Inservice leaders should also complete the at-home learning experiences to familiarize themselves with the material.

The “share” icon that is used in the 14 at-home learning experiences indicates times when teachers are asked to record insights and impressions and to be prepared to share them with their inservice leaders. The inservice leader may gather these recorded insights and impressions from the teachers and then use them to assess how well the teachers have learned the information in the at-home learning experiences. The inservice leader should then prayerfully prepare inservice lessons to meet the needs of the teachers. Inservice leaders may use the practice activities suggested in the following inservice lessons or develop their own activities.

Note: The videos referenced in these inservice lessons are not available in all languages. If a particular video is not available in your language, you may choose another video resource that illustrates the principle you are teaching or you may develop another activity that accomplishes the same purpose.

During an Inservice Lesson

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The primary purpose of these inservice lessons is to allow inservice leaders to conduct activities that help the teachers practice and reinforce the skills they learned in the at-home learning experiences. If necessary, inservice leaders can review information presented in the at-home learning experiences to ensure the teachers understand the materials. However, most of the inservice lesson should be spent on practice activities.

Typical Agenda

The following is a suggested agenda for a 90-minute inservice training lesson. Modify it as needed to meet the needs and circumstances of your class.

  • Introduction (10 minutes)

    • Open with a brief devotional and prayer.

    • Help teachers get to know each other.

    • Follow up on any assignments from the previous inservice lesson.

  • Practice (70 minutes)

    • Hand out copies of the “Principles to Remember” sections from the at-home learning experiences being reviewed. Discuss these principles and the experiences and insights teachers recorded as they studied the learning experiences. Answer questions and provide clarifications. If needed, reteach or reinforce material that the teachers are unclear on.

    • Lead discussions and conduct practice activities to reinforce skills and principles presented in the at-home learning experiences. You can draw from the suggested practice activities for the current lesson or develop your own activities.

  • Conclusion (10 minutes)

    • Invite teachers to consider ways they can incorporate what they have learned as they prepare and teach classes throughout the school year.

    • Clarify expectations and assignments for the next inservice meeting. Ensure that teachers have all the necessary materials for and feel comfortable with any assignments.

    • Close with prayer.