Sunday, March 3, 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
- And, I'll make sure that we don't forget the comments already made on the using the curriculum by linking to the last post, which had 13 comments: http://beginningsnew.blogspot.com/2012/11/share-teach-act-questions-on-getting.html.
So here's an open post, talk about anything connected to the curriculum or any other question or comment you have for other YW leaders:
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
I'm starting to explore the material on lds.org about the new curriculum. I think these videos will ideally be used to train teachers and leaders before the new year starts.
This one is about how to choose what to teach. What are your thoughts on the video?
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Here's the link to the new material:
Every month of the year has a topic. January's topic is the Godhead, for example. Each topic is meant to be covered as quickly or slowly as the YW leader(s) decide, based on the YW's needs.
Seek the inspiration of the Spirit as you select from the outlines below. Let the questions and interests of the young women guide you as you decide which outlines to teach and how long to spend on a topic.
These outlines are not meant to prescribe what you will say and do in the class. They are designed to help you learn the doctrine for yourself and prepare learning experiences adapted to the needs of the young women you teach.
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the nature of the Godhead? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?I hope (and I have high hopes!) that having this sort of direction in the "outline" will help teachers see that teaching is more of a "journey" than a "performance." It's about learning and enjoying the scriptures, doctrine, ideas, life-changing epiphanies, etc., rather than stressing over a perfect presentation. I think that is so crucial.
While no lesson material - and I mean that, no outline, manual, whatever - can make a good teacher, I do think that the way that this new curriculum is presented about as close as we could get. A lot is communicated in the written instructions and also in the way the material is presented that will (I hope) go a long way to creating a much, much better teaching environment for our Young Women.
My only real concern is that for all our changes, we can't make the Spirit enter into teachers' hearts or into YW classrooms. I think this curriculum is fantastic, and will make incredible improvements teaching in the church. Incredible ones. (I can't wait!!) But, in the end, it's only real gospel teaching, in the "Lord's way" (see D&C 50), if it's by the Spirit. My concern is that we will, like so many missionaries with Preach My Gospel, end up proudly assuming "we've got the Spirit because we've got this great new program. We're not like those old missionaries who didn't teach with the Spirit." The Spirit doesn't come or go away depending on a program, it comes when we seek it and give ourselves to it.
But, since we certainly can't control the Spirit (or control teachers' lessons in a way that would force the Spirit to be there!), I really do think this new curriculum is about as close as we can get to providing a model of how teaching by the Spirit should be done. So, it's all the outward appearances of the Spirit; it's what teaching by the Spirit looks like. It's a collection of hints and ideas and explanations written by someone who has spent years teaching by the Spirit. It's fantastic. I love it. But it will, of course, ultimately only be as effective as it should be if we are doing all this by the Spirit.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
On a side note, as I was watching this, I was thinking about the many many prayers of the youth that probably seem to them to go unanswered. I wonder if the Church could put together a video with a young man or young woman talking about an unanswered prayer and how they keep faith even when those prayers seem to go unheard. Stories in the New Era and Ensign about how Heavenly Father has answered prayers and blessed them are wonderful, and they build my faith, but I think stories of those who press on in trials even without seeing any immediate blessings or answers may be the ones that strengthen my resolve and my faith even more. Does that even make sense? I need to go back and look at more videos to see if they have already done one like that.
Anyway, what a sweet girl and a beautiful story and a well-done video. Your reaction and comments? What kind of lesson/activity would benefit from showing this video?
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
What I want to share here today is a part on understanding from chapter two. On page 69, he reviews the command in D&C 68 for parents to teach their children. Then he says, "These verses do not simply recommend or suggest that we teach our children. Rather, they outline a law unto the inhabitants of Zion -- that we must teach our children to understand. Understanding is a spiritual outcome; it is a result. Simply engaging in the activity of teaching is not the responsibility we have been assigned. Rather, the charge is to teach children to understand."
How does this apply to our role as teachers in Young Women's? Imparting correct and uplifting knowledge is crucial, and is often the message of posts on our blog. And I think that is certainly part of what Elder Bednar is encouraging us to do as teachers. But I hear Elder Bednar also asking us another, further question: how do we teach our young women to understand?
What are your thoughts?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Today I picked an older video, but one of my favorites. The words are taken from President Uchtdorf at a CES Fireside in November of 2009 and the video is called "Our True Identity".
So what do you think? What do you like/dislike about the video? I like it because it is reassuring and confidence-building. Most of us have heard the story of the ugly duckling before, but I like how President Uchtdorf talks about how turning into a swan has to do with our understanding of who we really are. It's not necessarily that one day (in this life, at least) we will be as physically beautiful as we'd like to be, but that we will see ourselves as God sees us. That with that knowledge, when we look at our reflections, we can see past imperfections and doubts and see our potential. I liked the different cameos with the youth because I felt like they were pretty real. Our young women, especially, go day after day with the possibility of feeling like the ugly duckling or being told they are an ugly duckling. And we as women struggle with this probably almost as often! President Uchtdorf's words are a great reminder of the power we can have by looking at ourselves the way our loving Father in Heaven looks at us.
If I could add anything to the video, it might be some little scene with multiple youth together, showing somehow that once we understand our divine reflection, we need to recognize and remember the divine reflection of all of Heavenly Father's children.
What do you think? Love this video, and it would be a great one to show young women!