This last Sunday I attended my first Teaching Council Meeting in my ward!
Teacher Council Meetings : https://www.lds.org/manual/teaching-in-the-saviors-way/teacher-council-meetings?lang=eng
Elder Holland teaches what these meetings are supposed to look like and I realized this is what our BYU-Idaho teaching group meetings should look like too! :-).
Here is what they are to look like:
#1. Held Monthly
#2. Everyone who Teaches Should Attend
#3. There is a leader to guide the meeting, but all should participate
#4. Begin with a Prayer
#5. Share and Counsel Together: -- Talk about how things are going, share experiences, share challenges, real people, real challenges, real solutions, ask questions, share ideas.
#7. Learn Together -- Select One Principle from the handbook on "Teaching in the Savior's Way"and discuss it as a group. (For us at BYU-I, it might also include something from the Online Teaching Learning Conference, Instructor Handbook, OL200, Teaching in the Savior's Way, some other principle that will help us in our teaching or specific to our field or courses!)
#8. Practice and Invite -- Practice a New Skill Learned or Discussed, Try Something new as a group, Invite teachers to use skill, write down experience, and select the principle to work and discuss for the next meeting.
#9. Model the Skills that are being discussed in the meeting!
* My experience this week -- As teachers in our group began sharing real challenges and other teachers shared insights or tactics that teacher might try -- the greatest blessing came as the Spirit entered the group and people shared things they felt inspired to share and we all felt encouraged, strengthened and blessed! The Spirit was the most important member of our teacher council because He taught each of us something small and specific that we each needed. I am grateful for the Spirit of God that can bless us as we gather together in the work of the Lord!
What are your thoughts? What can we learn from our Ward Teacher Councils that will bless us in our Teaching Groups and Course Councils here at BYU-Idaho?