Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Keeping Curiosity Alive!

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I finished reading one of Piaget's book on the development of the child. I find it interesting that the longer ago that I read a book, the more distinct the lessons I learned seem to become. It is like the excess kind of washes away from the core messages.

This book on childhood beautifully captured the fruits of keeping the curiosity alive in children.  One truth I was reminded of in this book is that if a child is curious, they learn better. If our youth are curious they learn better.  In fact, I would submit the flip of that statement as fact: if a youth is not curious, they will not learn well...if at all.  We talk about inspiring, but sometimes that feels different, more something the teacher feels they have control over.  Maybe we should also talk about creating an environment where curiosity can flourish?  Curiosity + the Spirit = Awesomeness.

What are we doing in our classroom settings to keep the curiosity alive?

One curious thing about curiosity is that it has to come from the individual. It is not something that a mentor can give.  We can only awaken it or not squelch it.
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Please comment below on ways that you have found both awaken curiosity and squelch it and give examples where appropriate.  It is important to look at both how and how not to to round our a complete picture of how we can improve.  Let us learn from each other!

The Heart Behind Effective Teaching

I found a beautiful article that captures the heart of an effective teacher or mentor.  It is well worth the perusal: https://www.lds.org/ensign/2017/07/a-teacher-who-helps-save-souls?lang=eng  It is the heart of Christ-centered teaching.  Not because we teach of Christ but because we teach like Christ.

If we want to teach like Him, it’s essential to understand whyHe taught. Ultimately, that “why” will make all the difference for us and for those we teach.
Image result for image of a mentorWhen the Savior taught, His purpose wasn’t to fill time or to entertain or to unload a bunch of information. Everything He does—including teaching—is meant to lead others to His Father. The Savior’s whole desire and mission is to save Heavenly Father’s children (see 2 Nephi 26:24). In our quest to teach as He did, we can learn to be motivated by the same purpose that motivated Him.
In other words, to teach in the Savior’s way is to be a teacher whose purpose is to help save souls.
What is our purpose when we mentor in our Vanguard classes?  Is it to entertain?  To unload a bunch of information?  Or is it to help these youth capture a vision of who they are and what they can become?  Is it to awaken a sense of curiosity, a passion of learning for the sake of changing themselves and the world, awaken as desire to give our lives selflessly...to become service-oriented leaders?

As we look at the principle for the month, we should be thinking about the "why" that we are teaching that principle.  If we don't believe in it and teach toward that end, we are just filling time. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fantastic Resource for Mentors

Hello everyone!

I hope your year is off to a great start!  I am excited for my own home environment of Vanguard this year and am looking forward to the Vanguard RENEW retreat in June 2017 in New York. (Check out details here!)  I would also like to organize a Vanguard training in the Davis County area in Spring of next year if anyone wants to help with that event. (Please reply below or contact me directly.)

Questions about mentor training?   I recently posted something on our main Vanguard blog that might help you out. (Check it out here, or click on the link on the side.)

You can do it!  Remember the vision of why you are doing what you are doing, trust God and carry on.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Warning Against False Educational Ideas

A friend shared the following quote:

Strengthening the Family
Elder Ezra Taft Benson
Of the Council of the Twelve
Ezra Taft Benson, Conference ReportOctober 1970, pp. 21-25
False educational ideas

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"As a watchman on the tower, I feel to warn you that one of the chief means of misleading our youth and destroying the family unit is our educational institutions. President Joseph F. Smith referred to false educational ideas as one of the three threatening dangers among our Church members. There is more than one reason why the Church is advising our youth to attend colleges close to their homes where institutes of religion are available. It gives the parents the opportunity to stay close to their children; and if they have become alert and informed as President McKay admonished us last year, these parents can help expose some of the deceptions of men like Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, John Dewey, Karl Marx, John Keynes, and others."
Whatever your faith, the truth is that there are all sorts of deceptions from God's truths out there in the world.  It is important to not hide from these deceptions but to identify them and why they are fallacies!  Our children will be introduced to them.  It would be much better to discuss the relevant issues in our day in the safety of our home and with a healthy, truth-centered context!
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The seminaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are introducing this kind of teaching into the seminary program, where our youth will be facing and discussing the tough issues of our day in a gospel-centered environment to give these controversial issues their proper context.  It is so important to teach our youth to identify fallacies, if not challenge them.
Keep learning.  Keep following the Spirit and God's vision for you and like Joan of Arc and so many others who have listened to their "voices," God will lead you aright. 

Vanguard RENEW Retreat 2017!

So excited for this new event!

Check it out!

Vanguard RENEW Retreat

Peace. Vision. Perspective. Renewal.
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Come and join me for a week of renewal as we explore, discuss and increase our understanding of true principles of education and how to apply them.
When: June 7-14, 2017
Location: New York

Come and spend a week pondering, discussing and learning how to:
-find and embrace your own God-given mission
-create context and connections in your learning and the learning of those in your stewardship
-embrace a service-oriented mentality in your learning and leadership
-create a healthy environment for becoming

Cost: $550*, which includes airfare, transportation, activity entrance fees and room and board for a week (non-profit)

Event includes:
--time in Palmyra, NY, Susquehanna, NY, Gettysburg, PA along with other beautiful places of reflection
--renewing morning activities and meaningful evening firesides
--discussions and simulations
--introduction to powerful learning tools like journalling and word studies
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Course is limited to 20 attendees due to accommodation restriction. 
Applications will be soon available at the link above.

Application deadline: January 1 (so that tickets can be arranged and purchased) 

*If you can provide your own airfare or transportation, the event will be $200