What do you suggest if the students haven’t prepared or read the material? Not much else to do but spend some class time going over the material.
Quite frankly, cut-outs are a step up for many classes.]]>
I don’t see why this can’t be the case in GD.
That said, I think the second most significant factor in a really good GD class is its size. I think smaller is better, down to about six-eight students.]]>
It is particularly the responsibility of new members (and others who have hardly bothered) to study and be prepared to appreciate a serious discussion or elaboration of doctrinal principles from the scriptures, not just a repetition of standard Sunday School pabulum.
So perhaps the best way to get students to prepare is not to speak down to them, but rather lift them up by causing them to stretch beyond their ordinary comfort zone. That requires considerable preparation on the part of the teacher – a teacher who is not a serious or aspiring student of the scriptures is hardly worthy of the job.]]>
Oh, the agony……….]]>
These teachers are called to prepare a lesson. I have my own calling.. if I’m the FHE group leader (if it’s not yet obvious, I’m in a singles ward), the people in my group aren’t required to come prepared on Monday night. I’m the one that has to prepare.
Similarly, teachers should make ample preparation for a lesson and thoughtfully (and prayerfully) prepare something that will uplift and enlighten all.
I’ve long since grown tired of teachers who do exactly as you say – going person to person, down the row to read an entire chapter, or pass out cut-out lesson snippets.
I have a teacher right now that doesn’t give any response when somebody comments. She just nods her head, saying “thanks!” That stifles any hope of discussion and dialogue, since she instead just moves on to the next verse to read without any depth or analysis. Booooooring.
In a nutshell, I wholeheartedly agree with you. The responsibility is that of the teacher’s to prepare a lesson worth sitting through.]]>