Preparation for Powerful Presentation

Topic: “If ye are prepared ye shall not Fear” How to maximize Your Lesson Preparation for Powerful
Date: August 21, 2008 
Time: 11:10-12:05pm
Location: MARB, Room 445
Lecturer: Mark E. Beecher

1. Question: What are some of your “pet peeves” of class teachers/instructors?

a. Asking “duh” questions. This may insult the intelligence of people.

b. Answering their own questions.

2. Ask yourself before you teach the class: What will my class do today? How will I help them discover what they need to know?

a. Avoid having the “how” drive the “what”

3. Deciding what to teach:

a. Read for understanding. You must have a core understanding to teach effectively.

b. Look for the intent of the inspired writer.

c. Teach it based upon the experiences of others in the class. Ask for life experiences. Ask students before class if they would share their testimony, either orally, or written.

d. Let the spirit guide you after you’ve paid the price of preparing for the class. You may need to modify as the spirit directs.

e. Identify principles to your audience as you teach. Go DEEP!


f. Your objective is NOT to get through

all the material if that means

it cannot be properly absorbed.

4. What is a principle exactly?

a. Excellent article! Ensign Nov. 1993 Elder Scott

b. “Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances. A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing and compelling circumstances. It is worth great effort to organize the truth we gather to simple statements of principle. I have tried to do that with gaining spiritual knowledge. The result is now shared in hope that it will be a beginning place for your study. That statement of principle is: To acquire spiritual knowledge and to obey it with wisdom, one must:

• In humility, seek divine light.

• Exercise faith in Jesus Christ.

• Hearken to His counsel.

• Keep His commandments.

As spiritual knowledge unfolds, it must be understood, valued, obeyed, remembered, and expanded.

5. Ideas to attract student’s attention.

a. At the start of the lesson ask a question, tie it in with the lesson and refer back to it and the answers throughout the lesson. Weave the student and teacher comments into the lesson.

b. Story

c. Video

d. Pictures

e. Sing a song


6. Teacher Objective to Increase Student Participation:

a. First 1-5 Minutes makes all the difference. Get their focus! Ask questions, apply the ideas above to get attract their attention.

b. Once you have their attention guide their minds into your world.

c. Immediately start off with lowering the hurdles for participation. Start off with easy questions and then lead up to more challenging ones.


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