Sunday, November 15, 2009

How Students Vote: A Teacher's Guide

Elder Lund is reported to have said that there are different ways that students tell the teacher if they are interested. He was speaking in the context of the Church Educational System.

Seminary kids vote with their mouths. When they are bored with the teacher, they start to talk to a neighbor. Institute students will vote with their feet. If a teacher is boring, the enrollment in his classes starts to drop off. Adults in Sunday School vote with their heads. When the speaker is boring, they fall asleep.

The antidote, says Elder Lund, is to tell stories. That sounds about right to me. If you are interested in good church stories, you'll love the podcast produced by the Church called "Stories from General Conference" which is a collection of stories told by speakers in General Conference on a particular topic. Hello, talk preparation!

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