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Virtues of a Thematically Structured D&C Manual

Posted by Robert C. on January 10, 2013

A couple Bloggernacle posts (here and here) have recently criticized the thematic structure of the Sunday School manual for the D&C this year. I think these posts make astute and insightful observations, and I am in agreement with most if not all of the points that are made, even though I disagree with their conclusion that a historical approach would have been better.

I worry this grumbling about the implicit slight to history made by the thematic structure of the manual will undermine efforts to charitably understand the virtues of this thematic structure. So, I’d like to offer some rather modest countervailing thoughts, mostly in a spirit of: Read the rest of this entry »

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New Youth Curriculum: Trusting the texts

Posted by KS on November 27, 2012

One thing I really like about the new youth curriculum is its focus on current talks and on the scriptures. (While the old manuals left room for that focus, it wasn’t the automatic fallback by any stretch of the imagination.) Potentially, this change pulls the attention away from a set lesson plan performed by a teacher and focuses the attention on texts that the leaders and youth have in common.

This focus on common texts reminds me of a book by Jacque Ranciere we read here at Feast a few years ago called “The Ignorant Schoolmaster.” Part of what I learned from that book is that focusing both teacher and student on a book levels the playing field and opens up the student to work on their own. Below are a few thoughts based on that book and how it relates to the new curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teaching Seminary, Early Morning or Otherwise: Seven “Hints” and Hopefully a Discussion

Posted by joespencer on January 2, 2011

My sister was called over the Christmas holiday to teach early morning seminary in her East Coast ward. When I responded on her personal blog by just saying “Yay!” I got an e-mail telling me I couldn’t get off the hook so easily, since I’ve had experience. :) She asked, without directing any specific questions to me, what advice I would have about teaching seminary. Having done some thinking over the holiday about the question, I’ve decided to put together a post here at Feast detailing eight points about teaching seminary that have been culled from my (ultimately rather limited) experience.

My hope is that the seven points I work through below will encourage others to contribute additional thoughts, that this can be the beginning of a discussion rather than a summary of my thoughts alone. So please feel free—indeed, obliged—to pitch in a few thoughts about teaching seminary, early morning or otherwise.

I should add this last caveat. Everything I say here is obviously my own—deeply held—opinion. I’m quite happy to be disagreed with, but I do believe what I say here quite strongly. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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General Conference message: immerse yourself in the scriptures

Posted by Robert C. on November 3, 2010

John C.’s post at BCC on Elder David McConkie’s talk, “Gospel Learning and Teaching,” reminded me that I wanted to draw attention to what I think was a great talk. Here’s the part that I think esp. bears pondering and rereading:

How, then, do we develop the attitude necessary to be a successful teacher? I would like to discuss four basic principles of gospel teaching.

First, immerse yourself in the scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

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SS OT #24 David, Bathsheba, Psalm 51, etc.

Posted by cherylem on June 27, 2010

Some notes to add to others posted here regarding Old Testament lesson #24:

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Kingship in Israel

Posted by cherylem on June 16, 2010

Continuing with themes of violence in the Old Testament, I thought a handout I made for Sunday’s lesson on 1 Samuel 9-17 was pertinent. It follows here

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Posted by cherylem on May 9, 2010

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted here, but I wanted to share my notes on Joshua, which I am teaching today:

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The Ignorant Schoolmaster, Chapter 5: “The Emancipator and His Monkey”

Posted by Robert C. on February 12, 2010

There is a lot that I loved in this chapter. In general, I agree with Ranciere, that emancipation is something that cannot be guaranteed by the establishment of an institution. In fact, I think this is a very useful chapter in terms of thinking about the Apostasy in Mormon theology: in a sense, Christ’s failure to establish a lasting church, in the Old and New worlds, attests to Ranciere’s main point of this chapter.

But where does that leave us in terms of thinking about the Church as an institution, and efforts to establish Zion?

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_The Ignorant Schoolmaster_, Chapter 4: “The Society of Contempt”

Posted by joespencer on January 30, 2010

From Ben:

[Note: for unknown reasons, the online text jumps from page 75 to page 82, and I have no way of finding out what the missing section is. Thus, I fear we are missing a crucial part of the chapter’s argument. Also, I do not focus on many of the key points in the chapter, only those that especially caught my fancy; please feel free to discuss other key points in the comments.]

I especially enjoyed this chapter, because it is one about application; specifically, how application applies to mindset. After focusing primarily on abstract principles of intelligence and inequality, Ranciere offers a somewhat jolting first sentence to beginning chapter 4: “There is no such thing as a possible society. There is only the society that exist” (75). This is significant for Ranciere’s approach to intelligence, because, as has been repeated many times thus far, it is better to work from a principle than towards it. In a rhetorical tweak of Platonic dualism, European idealism, and Jacotot’s contemporary Romanticism, Ranciere argues for a collapse between the immediate and the vision, the dream and the reality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Christ in the Old Testament

Posted by kirkcaudle on January 27, 2010

“My soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ; for, for this end hath the law of Moses been given; and all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him” (2 Ne 11:4, italics added).

As we study the Old Testament in Sunday school this year, we will see, and undoubtedly have already seen, types and shadows of Christ. These types and shadows might come in many ways, including those of people and events. Read the rest of this entry »

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