The summer time is a great time to plan how you want class to be. Class Presidencies are a great way to help students learn to be leaders, and help relieve a huge burden on you at the same time. What should class presidencies do, you ask? Click on the picture to download a great handout for your potential class presidency. This handout spells out what responsibilities you might want to give the. I have attached it as a MS Word document, instead of a PDF so you can modify this to your own needs better. When I appoint a new class presidency, I sit down with them and read over both these pages to help give them a vision of what wonderful things they can do as they magnify this responsibility.
You can even appoint a class presidency before school starts to help you as you try to contact and enroll more students. Remember the policy manual says about class presidencies, that they, “may be appointed by the teacher after obtaining clearance from each student’s bishop. Teachers are encouraged to consider all worthy students for class officers including those who have disabilities. They should be announced in class, but not sustained or set apart.”
Here is some help with Scriptural Thoughts and a lesson idea all rolled together. The handout here is something I put on the class bulletin board to be referred to later. I also made copies for the class and explained that the acronym FEAST explains how I want scriptural thoughts to be given in class. (This is also similar to how missionaries are trained to share scriptural thoughts with others so it is great training!).
For what scripture to share, I tell them that nothing warms my heart more than to hear them start their thought saying, “I found this scripture last night when I was reading my scriptures…” Those are the best scriptures and show that they are studying their scriptures in a meaningful way.
After I go through FEAST, I invite them to now practice what they learned. I give them a juicy scripture block like Moses 1 and divide it into 3 parts. Then break the class into thirds and have them read their page(s) looking for a scriptural thought to share just like they would at home. After they read and prepare, the rest of the lesson is them coming up (calling them up randomly using popsicle sticks or something) and sharing scriptural thoughts that they found in the verses. I love having the students standing up there and I sit with the other students.
Remember there are other ideas on the website under the different tabs.