40 Different Methods of Teaching
1. Activity verses - For little children, these verses are either said or sung while doing simple actions.
2. Application techniques - Ask students how they can apply to their own lives what they've learned.
3. Attention Activities - Should be brief and lead directly into the lesson.
4. Audiovisual Materials - Only Church appropriate materials should be used.
5. Brainstorming - The teacher presents a question or situation and gives the students a short amount of time to freely suggest solutions or ideas.
6. Buzz Sessions - Students are divided into small discussion groups, each assigned a topic or assignment.
7. Case Studies - True-to-life situations that prompt students to ponder or discuss what they would do in similar situations.
8. Chalk/Dry Erase Boards - Used to emphasize key facts, acknowledge students' ideas, clarify points, and make outlines or lists.
9. Choral Reading - Reading of verses or quotes as a group or class.
10. Comparison and Object Lessons - Using a physical object to represent a non-visual topic, i.e.: using soap to represent repentance or a seed for faith.
11. Demonstrations - Show how to do something, like family history.
12. Dioramas - Miniature drawings (or other artwork) representing a story, usually done in a box (shoe box size) but can be done on a larger scale if necessary. Can make it 3-D.
13. Discussions - Students can be asked ahead of time to discuss a certain topic either as a group or with the entire class.
14. Dramatizations - Acting out a scene from the scriptures, a story, or a time from our Church History.
15. Drawing Activities - Appropriate for children, this type of activity should be connected with the lesson.
16. Examples - Explaining hard-to-grasp concepts by using something the students can relate to. I.e.: A child rarely knows what one-tenth means. They understand better if there are 10 pennies in front of them and one is put into a tithing envelope.
17. Flannel Boards - Also for children, this method is a great way to help teach part of a lesson.
18. Games - Should relate to the lesson, but can be creative. Competition should not be the focus and there should not be losers, only winners.
19. Guest Speakers - Having someone to come to your class and share a personal experience or example.
20. Handouts - Perfect to help your students remember what they've learned after your lesson is over.
21. Lectures - Should be short and to the point to keep the attention of your students.
22. Likening - Directly applying to the lives of your students gospel principles, stories, and situations in the scriptures.
23. Maps - A great visual aid to help illustrate your lesson, many maps are available in both church and local libraries.
24. Memorization - Learning a scripture, quote, or verse by heart is great for more long term applications.
25. Music - Quickly brings the Spirit of the Lord into your classroom. Only Church appropriate music should be used.
26. Music With Narratives - Songs that teach about a principle can be followed by short text (read silently or aloud) or by another song.
27. Overhead Projectors (Or Powerpoint)- Can be used in multiple ways, including class participation and involvement in reading, answering questions, or taking quizzes.
28. Panel Discussions - Having at least two groups discuss a topic from different points of view.
29. Paper Stand-Up Figures - For children, these can be used to represent themselves or characters from the lesson.
30. Pictures - A visual aid that can be very affective if used in direct correlation with the lesson.
31. Puppets - All kinds of puppets (simple to more complex) can be made to tell a long story or part of history that might be boring if just narrated.
32. Reader's Theaters - Have students read a particular assignment and then explain the main points of what was read.
33. Recitations - Similar to Choral Readings but done on an individual level.
34. Role Playing - Scripts read with assigned characters and narrator(s) to help demonstrate part of the lesson.
35. Roller boxes - Illustrated stories on long sheets of paper which are wrapped around two sticks. The story is wrapped around one stick and is exposed (usually through a hole in a box) when wrapped around the other stick.
36. Scriptures - Should be used often, although can be simplified for young children.
37. Stations - Students are divided into groups and are taught a different point at each station.
38. Stories - Very effective to help apply gospel principles.
39. Visual Aids - Help maintain the attention of your students.
40. Work Sheets and Activity Sheets - Quizzes, puzzles, questions, and other type of work sheets can help students think of the points on a more personal level.
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