Engaging Teaching Methods

Here’s a teaching tip:  Never start a lesson with, “Today we are going to be talking about…”

Invite the learners discover it on their own!  Introduce the doctrine creatively in class and help students gain a deeper understanding of the doctrine through a variety of engaging teaching methods.

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State It.  Ask the students to state the doctrine.

Write It.  Write the doctrine on the chalkboard.

Scramble It.  Scramble the words of the doctrine on the board. Ask students to arrange the words so they make sense

Reveal It.  Reveal one word of the doctrine at a time as the students try to determine what the statement is.  Consider covering each word with paper, placing the words around the room or only writing the first letter of each word on the chalkboard.

Pantomime it.  Create simple pantomimes (or hand actions) to help understand and memorize the doctrine (this works great in Primary).

Discover It.  Invite the students to search scripture verses to find and learn about doctrinal statement.   This should happen in every learning experience!

Memorize it.  Help the children commit the doctrine to memory through memorization.

Sing it.  Use the Children’s Songbook and Hymns in a variety of ways to identify the doctrine.  Sing the song together.

Visualize it.  Ask students to visualize someone living the doctrine.

Show a Picture or Object.  Show a picture or object that illustrates the doctrine.

Draw a Picture.  Ask each student to draw a picture or diagram that represents or explains the doctrine (the young women love this).

Explain What It Means.  Ask them what the doctrine means to them.

Share What You Know.  Ask the students to share what they know concerning the doctrine before you begin teaching.

Identify Key Words.  Ask the children to identify some of the key words in the doctrine and explain why those words are important.

State in a Few Words.  Ask the students to state the doctrine in two or three words.  This will ensure their understanding.

Think of Examples.  Ask the children to think of people they know or people in the scriptures who are examples of the doctrine.

Teach to Someone.  Have children suggest ideas on how they would teach the doctrine to someone else.

Explain a Picture or Object.  Show a picture or object that illustrates the doctrine. Ask how the picture or object illustrates the doctrine.  Object lessons help  relate gospel principles to familiar physical things.

Show Pictures.  Show pictures or photographs of individuals living the doctrine. Ask children how the individuals are living the doctrine.

Learn Scripture Stories.  So important!  Teach the scripture stories from the scriptures.

Show Scripture Examples.  Have students read or hear about individuals in the scriptures who lived the doctrine.

Show Latter-day Saint Examples.  Have students read, hear, or share about Latter-day saints who live the doctrine.

Share Examples.  Share examples of people who live the doctrine.

Students as Visual Aids.  Engage all learners by inviting them to be the visual aid.

Role Play.  Divide students into small groups. Have each group create a role play that illustrates living the doctrine. Then have each group share their role play.  This works great in Primary!

Media.  Use Church produced media such as, DVD’s, Video clips from LDS.org, Primary music CD’s, Hymns, etc. enhances learning.

Guest Speakers.  Occasionally invite an approved guest speaker to class.

Church Approved Resources.  Use other Church approved resources such as, the Friend, New Era, Ensign, Gospel Art Book, etc. to supplements lessons.

Music games.  As the students sing, pass an object and randomly stop the music.  Whoever is holding the object shares an application to the lesson.  This will keep everyone thinking of an application they might share.

Dramatizations.  Have some of the students role play an application to a doctrine or a scripture and the rest of the primary guess what they are doing.

Fill in the blanks.  Have the students complete a sentence with their own applications, such as:  The Savior will help me to ______________________.

Make a Board Game.  Ask the student to share a related application to whatever square he lands on.

Teach Each Other.  Let individuals or groups discuss applications, then teach or share with the rest of the class.  Always successful with the youth!

Pair Share.  The students take turns sharing with the person sitting next to them what they have learned about the doctrine.

Create a phrase or rhyme.  Have students create a one line phrase or rhyme to help them remember the doctrine.

Matching Activity.  Write on the board summary statements of the scripture passages and teachings. Have them search to match the passages and teachings with the summary statements.

Match a PictureHave learners match pictures or drawings to scriptures passages and teachings.

Fill in the Blanks.  Write an incomplete statement about the doctrine on the board. Invite students to look for important words or phrases from the scriptures and quotations that could complete the statement.

Discuss Questions.  Ask questions such as:  What does the doctrine mean? Why is the doctrine important? What other doctrines does this one relate to? How would you summarize the doctrine in your own words?

Summarize the Doctrine.  Ask students to summarize the doctrine in their own words after having learned it.

Finish the Statement.  Ask the students to complete a sentence about the doctrinal statement.

Think about the DoctrineHave students search scripture passages or quotations of latter-day prophets and think about what they learn about the doctrine.

Look for Answers.  Have the learners look in the scriptures and teachings of latter-day prophets for answers to questions about the doctrine.

Make a List.  Have students search the scriptures and teachings of latter-day prophets and then make a list of key points they have learned about the doctrine.

Ask QuestionsHave students search the scriptures and teachings of latter-day prophets to understand the doctrine. Then ask them to develop questions that could be answered with the scriptures and the teachings.

Look for Important Words and PhrasesBefore reading scriptures or conference talks, invite them to search the scriptures and teachings of latter-day prophets to find the words and phrases that best help them understand the doctrine.

Watch videos the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has published on Principles and Methods of Teaching.

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