Time to Apply

Do you “practice” applying with your children? Researcher have found that many public school classrooms spend very little to no time teaching children how to APPLY what they have learned. Nor do they give them time to learn the skill, they quickly move on to the next topic in order to “get it all in.” Homeschoolers are better at allowing children to APPLY their learning.

There are two types of application or ways to transfer your knowledge to an actual skill. Many scholars call this “transfer.”

The first type is “near” transfer which is focused on learning in one area are more easily applied to similar situation. For example learning to drive a car can be applied to learning to drive a truck. Or learning to write an essay can help you write for a newspaper.

The second type is far application (transfer). This is when use our judgement in applying skills and knowledge we have from one context to a substantially different one. For example applying the skill you learned in playing chess to running for a political office or being a CEO. Or watching steam come out of a pot and relate it to a steam engine.

Understanding these two types of application can help you teach your children learn to apply what they learn to real life situations. Plus, it helps them develop their brain to be able to apply the knowledge God gives them to improve their life and their joy.

Teach so they Become Effective Teachers

As a missionary, I memorized the Standard of Truth written by Joseph Smith. I always thought that it was meant only for missionaries. But recently I have concluded that it is for mothers too.

The Lord has asked us as covenant keeper to proclaim the Lord’s teachings unto the entire world and to prepare to accomplish what the Prophet Joseph Smith proclaimed – to see that “the truth of God [goes] forth boldly, nobly … till it has penetrated every continent … swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished. …” (Documentary History of the Church, vol. 4, p. 540.)

In order to proclaim and to prepare the world, we must teach our children not only to be righteous covenant keepers but to become effective teachers too. As mothers we are their teachers, but how are we teaching them to become teachers?
Here is how to teach them how to teach:

The church has two new manuals/programs to help us: Gospel Teaching and Learning and Teaching Christ’s Way. They are both fantastic in helping us become better teachers and teaching how to teach.
Here are a few things the Savior said about teaching:

It is our duty as mothers to prepare our children “to develop a strong foundation and belief in the true gospel of Jesus Christ” and to improve our teaching techniques to bring about worthwhile changes in their lives. It is our responsibility to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77) and teach it effectively so that we, ourselves, our children and their children will be able to perceive and comprehend the teachings of our Master. And we help them by teaching them to teach effectively.

The next few Table Talk Discussions will be focusing on a learning pattern to help you and your children how to teach effectively so that we, as mothers, are preparing to accomplish and witness the “truth of God [going] forth boldly, nobly, till it has penetrated every continent … swept every country and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of Godshall be accomplished. …”

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