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_The Ignorant Schoolmaster_, Chapter 1: “An Intellectual Adventure”

Posted by joespencer on January 9, 2010

What follows is (1) an interpretive summary/commentary of/on chapter 1 of The Ignorant Schoolmaster, followed by (2) a series of questions I think might be raised in light of the reading and which we might productively engage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jacques Ranciere: A Brief Contextualization

Posted by joespencer on December 26, 2009

I want here just to spell out what is hopefully a helpful bit of background material on the work of Jacques Ranciere. For the most part, however, I assume it is just an exercise I’m taking advantage to help me synthesize Ranciere’s various projects, which have received a lot of attention from me lately. :) Read the rest of this entry »

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A Schedule for _The Ignorant Schoolmaster_

Posted by joespencer on December 23, 2009

Everyone:

What follows is a basic schedule for our reading of Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster. The date provided is the date by which the post on the chapter should be up on the blog, and the date by which everyone would presumably have already read the chapter. Discussion would proceed during the following week while everyone reads the next chapter and the next post is being prepared. I’ve put the dates up as Saturdays.

For those who are not permabloggers here, just send your post to me (I think all of you have my e-mail address), and I’ll make it gets up.

The schedule:

The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 1 (pp. 1-18)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by January 9th
Author of post: Joe Spencer

The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 2 (pp. 19-43)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by January 16th
Author of post: Julie M. Smith

The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 3 (pp. 45-73)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by January 23rd
Author of post: Robf

The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 4 (pp. 75-99)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by January 30th
Author of post: Ben

The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 5 (pp. 101-139)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by February 6th
Author of post: Robert C.

Complaints? Quibbles?

Again, the link for the download is: http://www.mediafire.com/?mn3fjsyuond.

When I get a chance, I’ll put up a post about Ranciere’s background and other work, since I’ve done a fair bit with his work.

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How to Teach the New MP/RS

Posted by BrianJ on December 21, 2009

While the topics are (supposedly) not new, many teachers are new to teaching lessons from a manual like “Gospel Principles,” the newly revised manual for priesthood and Relief Society over the next two years. We at the Feast Blog plan to regularly post lesson notes at least a week before each lesson (i.e., two posts per month). To kick things off, however, I thought it would be helpful to discuss how to teach from this manual.

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A Proposed Reading Project: Jacques Ranciere’s _The Ignorant Schoolmaster_

Posted by joespencer on December 20, 2009

Robert C. and I have decided it might be well worth our while to start up a discussion group on here that would read through Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster together. Ranciere’s book recounts the story of Joseph Jacotot, a teacher during the workers’ movement in post-revolutionary France. Analyzing Jacotot’s experience, Ranciere is able to formulate a whole series of propositions about teaching, all of which seem to me to be immensely helpful for making sense of the teaching situation. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Awesomest Atonement Analogy Ever!

Posted by BrianJ on August 9, 2009

A decade ago, I attended a Sunday School class where the instructor used an ingenious object lesson to illustrate a particular point about the Atonement. The activity was so clever, so original that it captured everyone’s attention and I remember it vividly to this day: Read the rest of this entry »

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What Mormons Are Willing to Believe

Posted by BrianJ on March 25, 2009

I attended a training meeting/fireside with Stephen Harper last week. He said something interesting about what Mormons are willing to believe. Read the rest of this entry »

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D&C Lessons 9 and 10

Posted by cherylem on February 25, 2009

As I combined lessons 7 & 8 I will also be combining lessons 9 & 10, taking the full two weeks to teach them.  I’m completing these lesson notes now, using Mack Stirling’s Institute notes and giving some church history during this time period.

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D&C Lessons 7 and 8, complete (more or less)

Posted by cherylem on February 17, 2009

(Before diving into these lessons, I wanted to make sure everyone knew this map was available: http://deseretbook.com/misc/dc_map_lg.pdf)

I am going to teach these lessons as one combined lesson, though I will take the full two weeks to do so.
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D&C Lesson 6

Posted by cherylem on February 2, 2009

For those who are not yet aware, the church website has some excellent resources for church history, including maps and pictures: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/0,15478,3900-1,00.htm

 

Here are the notes from Mack Stirling’s institute class which included D&C 11. For D&C 6, 8, 9 see Lesson 5. 

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